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Dixon, Roger

(1930-1983) UK accountant and author whose epic adventure about humankind's future fate, Noah II (1970; rev 1975), is based on a story idea by Dixon and his agent, Basil Bova, and began the aborted Quest series. A second novel, The Cain Factor (1975) as by Charles Lewis, mixes Sex and apocalypse as a man and a woman escape a Post-Holocaust Earth to become the Adam and Eve of a new planet. [JC] see also: Generation Starships; Spaceships. /

Testament des Dr Mabuse, Das

Film (1933; vt The Last Will of Dr Mabuse, 1943) Nero-Film AG. Directed by Fritz Lang. Written by Thea von Harbou, loosely based on Norbert Jacques's then-unpublished fragment <Mabuses Kolonie> ["Mabuse's Colony"] (written circa 1930). Cast includes Oscar Beregi Sr, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Wera Liessem, Otto Wernicke. 122 minutes. Black and white. / Ten years have passed since the climax of Dr Mabuse, der Spieler (1922), when it is revealed that Dr Mabuse (Klein-Rugge in ...


UK A4-size magazine. Four issues, December 1969, January, March and #4 [May] 1970, published by the Martec Publishing Group; edited by Derek R Threadgall. Space-Wise contained a mixture of sf, science and occult articles along the theme of how space (of any kind) affects our lives. It carried a serial, "Marsh Gibbon Where Are You?" (#1-#4) by Bernard Rickman and usually one story per issue. The final issue included the first published story by Mike Ashley, "The Wall", though he was not aware it ...

Rio 70

Film (1969, released 1972; vt Future Woman; vt The Girl from Rio). Ada Films/Fine Products (US). Produced by Harry Alan Towers. Directed by Jesús Franco (credited as Jess Franco). Written by Bruno Leder, Harry Alan Towers (credited as Peter Welbeck) and Franz Eichorn (uncredited). Based on characters created by Sax Rohmer in his Sumuru series. Cast includes Shirley Eaton, Marta Reeves (credited as Martha Reeves), George Sanders and Robert Wyler. 94 minutes. Colour. / Arriving in Rio ...

Gene Machine, The

Videogame (1996). Divide By Zero. Designed by Andy Blazdell. Platforms: DOS. / The Gene Machine is a Steampunk comedy, presented as a graphical Adventure with a strongly linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The game begins when the player character, the pompous upper class adventurer Piers Featherstonehaugh, is approached by a talking cat in the foyer of his London house. This exotic intruder turns out to be a product of the nefarious schemes of one Dr Dinsey, who plans to conquer the ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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