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Port Sinister

Film (1953; vt Beast of Paradise Isle UK). American Pictures Company/RKO Radio Pictures. Produced by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen. Directed by Harold Daniels. Written by Wisberg and Pollexfen. Special effects by Jack Rabin. Cast includes Paul Cavanagh, Lynne Roberts, William Schallert and James Warren. 65 minutes. Black and white. / Port Royal was a pirate stronghold on an unnamed Caribbean Island which sank during an earthquake in the seventeenth century and whose reappearance is now ...

Rogers, Alva

(1923-1982) US author and artist, nicknamed "Red" for the colour of his hair and politics. Long involved in sf Fandom, he drew the covers for a number of 1940s Fanzines as well as some for the (UK) American Fiction series. In the 1960s he published the fanzine Bixel (4 issues September 1962-October 1968) and the one-off Bixeltype (December 1963), the latter comprising an essay ("FTL and ASI") written in rebuttal to Francis T Laney's polemic Ah! Sweet Idiocy! The Fan Memoirs of Francis T. Laney ...

Szafran, Gene

(1941-2011) American artist. After attending Detroit's Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Szafran worked as an artist in that city until he moved to New York City in 1967 and began receiving some high-profile assignments, including album covers for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Rhinoceros and artwork for magazines like Playboy and Cosmopolitan. He began producing sf book covers in 1970, usually featuring stylized human figures: one early cover of note, for the 1970 paperback ...

Heymann, Robert

(1879-1946) German playwright, screenwriter, film director and author of a loose series of sf novellas, Wunder der Zukunft: Romane aus dem dritten Jahrtausend ["Wonders of the Future: Novels from the Third Millennium"]. In the second of these, Der rote Komet (1909; trans Bradley Hall as The Red Comet 2013 chap), the famous astronomer Romulus Futurus ("Futurus" being an honorific) has invented (see Inventions) a camera capable of penetrating fog and other obstacles to the truth, and through it ...

Bearne, C G

(1939-    ) UK editor of the sf anthology Vortex: New Soviet Science Fiction (anth 1970), assembling seven stories by five contemporary Soviet authors, including Aleksandr and Sergei Abramov and Arkady and Boris Strugatski. [DRL] see also: Russia. /

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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