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Bisson, Terry

(1942-    ) US author who has also worked as a New York publishing copy-writer. His first novel, Wyrldmaker: A Heroic Romance (1981), is a too rapidly told but intermittently dazzling Generation Starship tale told in the guise of a heroic fantasy (see also World Ship). With his second, Talking Man (1986), he comes into his full powers as a novelist whose narrative voice is urgently and lucidly that of a teller of tales. The figure at the heart of Talking Man – who does ...

Shaw, Larry T

Working name of US author and editor Lawrence Taylor Shaw (1924-1985), an active sf fan from the early 1940s and a member of the Futurians; married to Lee Hoffman 1956-1958. His fanzine Destiny's Child is best remembered for the 1945 issue carrying Damon Knight's critical attack on that year's Astounding serialization of A E van Vogt's The World of Ā (August-October 1945 Astounding; rev 1948). Beginning with "Secret Weapon" for Fantasy Book in 1948 as by Terry Thor, Shaw published some sf ...

Hall, G Stanley

(1844-1924) US psychologist and author whose early acceptance of the theory of Evolution influenced his early studies in education and childhood development (see Psychology), which he interprets as a period of "Storm and Stress" within a rigorously defined arena: an only child (he claimed, for instance, obtusely) is "a disease in itself". His overall characterization of childhood as riven by conflicts with parents, mood disorders, and high-risk behaviour has seemed increasingly convincing, ...

Moon Zero Two

Film (1969). Hammer/Warner Bros. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Written by Michael Carreras. Cast includes Adrienne Corri, Warren Mitchell, James Olson and Catherine von Schell. 100 minutes. Colour. / At the same time as the first actual Moon landing, Hammer Films were making this quasi-Western set on the Moon, envisaged as a rip-roaring Frontier area; the results are absurd. One of the hoariest of pulp Western plots is dressed up with a lot of colourful space hardware: a poor but honest space ...

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 Written by Thea von Harbou, loosely based on Norbert Jacques's then-unpublished fragment «Mabuses Kolonie» ["Mabuse's Colony"] (written circa 1930).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 ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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