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Land Unknown, The

Film (1957). Universal-International. Produced by William Alland. Directed by Virgil W Vogel. Written by Laszlo Gorog, William N Robson from a story by Charles Palmer. Cast includes Henry Brandon, Phil Harvey, Douglas Kennedy (Captain Burnham), Jock Mahoney, William Reynolds (Lt Jack Carmen) and Shawn Smith. 78 minutes. Black and white. / A US Navy expedition to Antarctica sets off to explore the warm-water lakes discovered in the late 1940s. Traveling by helicopter, Commander Harold ...

Best, Herbert

(1894-1981) UK-born author, in Nigeria 1919-1932, subsequently in the US though he seems to have returned to Britain late in life; most of his fiction, like Young'un (1944), was written for children. He published one sf novel, The Twenty-Fifth Hour (1940), a Last Man tale in which, after a worldwide Disaster in 1965, the two lone survivors – a North American female and a European male – come together to participate in a Utopia founded in Alexandria, Egypt. [JC] see also: Future ...

Moore, Steve

(1949-2014) UK author, principally for Comics, who was associated with 2000 AD from its earliest days and wrote many of this magazine's Tharg's Future Shocks one-off tales (including the department's first contribution) from 1977 to 2005; he also wrote the Doctor Who strip for Doctor Who Weekly (later Doctor Who Monthly) 1979-1981 and was involved in the creation of the UK anthology comic Warrior (1982-1985), for which he scripted several sf and fantasy serials. He was a contributing editor of ...

Curtis, Wardon Allan

(1867-1940) US author, a contributor to several pre-sf fiction magazines. His most important sf is a short Identity Transfer story about a brain transplant, The Monster of Lake LaMetrie (September 1899 Pearson's as "The Monster of Lake LaMetrie: Being the Narration of James McLennegan, MD, PhD"; 2011 ebook), in which the brain is human and the recipient body that of a prehistoric survival – an elasmosaurus (see Dinosaurs) – from a bottomless lake that may lead into a Symmesian ...

Malcolm, Roy

Joint pseudonym of Donald Malcolm and Archie Roy for four nonfiction pieces published in mid- to late 1950s SF Magazines: "A Tenth Planet?" (June 1955 New Worlds), "Is Bode's Law a Coincidence?" (July 1955 Astounding), "Whose Moon?" (February 1956 New Worlds) and "First Breakthrough" ([October] 1958 Nebula #35). [DR/DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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