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Scotland Yard jagt Dr Mabuse

["Scotland Yard Hunts Dr Mabuse"] Film (1963; vt Dr Mabuse vs Scotland Yard) Central Cinema Company Film. Directed by Paul May. Written by Ladislas Fodor, with credit to Norbert Jacques. Adapted from Bryan Edgar Wallace's The Device (1962). Cast includes Dieter Borsche, Klaus Kinski, Werner Peters, Wolfgang Preiss, Peter van Eyck, Agnes Windeck. 90 minutes. Black and white. / Dr Mabuse (Preiss) manifests himself in this efficiently lurid continuation of the Mabuse franchise as a ghostly ...

La Salle, Victor

A House Name used on early paperback sf novels published by John Spencer and Co. (later Badger Books); all this publisher's 1951-1954 titles were bylined either La Salle or Karl Zeigfreid, another Spencer house name. Menace from Mercury (1954) was the first-published novel of the prolific R L Fanthorpe (his only La Salle title). Dawn of the Half-Gods (1953; vt Space Void 1960 as by John E Muller) and Twilight Zone (1954) were by John S Glasby; both were reprinted, the former with its variant ...

Walton, Nathan

(?   -?   ) US author of Utopia Right Around the Corner (Non-Factual: A Story of Fiction Told as if it were Factual) (1941), a Future History beginning in 1942, early in the presidency of Henry A Wallace (1888-1965), presumably after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as he was in reality vice-president until 1945. Under Wallace, rapid action is taken towards the transformation of America into a socialist Utopia. [JC]

Bujold, Lois McMaster

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Barter" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, March/April 1985. Almost all her published sf work is part of a loose series of often humorous adventures set in a future of feuding galactic colonies connected by Faster-than-Light "Wormhole jumps". Most of these stories feature members of the Vorkosigan family, part of an elite military caste from the planet Barrayar, recently rediscovered by galactic civilization ...

Richardson, Frank

(1870-1917) UK barrister and author, mostly of light fiction; he was the coiner of the term "face-fungus" to describe whiskers. The Bayswater Miracle (1903) mildly examines Gender issues through an Identity Exchange between a man and a woman; though it lacks any sf rationale, it is unusual in that the exchange is irreversible, with the reluctant male narrator, now physically female, marrying his sweetheart, who is now male, and glad to be relieved of the burden of womanhood: an outcome which, ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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