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Human League, The

UK pop band, formed in 1977 by Martyn Ware (1946-    ) and Philip Oakley (1955-    ). They took their name from one of the alliances listed in the sf boardgame Starforce: Alpha Centauri, and the early releases featured occasional genre realizations. Their second album Travelogue (1980) included, for instance, "The Black Hit of Space" and a song in praise of the then ...

Track of the Moon Beast

Film (1976). Brandon Films/Cinema Shares International Distributors. Produced by Ralph T Desiderio. Directed by Richard Ashe (credited as Dick Ashe). Written by Bill Finger (credited as William Finger), and Charles Sinclair. Makeup by Rick Baker and Joe Blasco. Cast includes Joe Blasco, Chase Cordell (Paul Carlson), Leigh Drake (credited as Donna Leigh Drake), Gregorio Sala and Patrick Wright. 90 minutes, cut to 81 minutes for home video. Colour. / An ...

Nodier, Charles

(1780-1844) French professional librarian and author whose early writings were aesthetically delicate fin de siècle romances and poems. Some of this work was quite properly read as subversive; one ode, La Napoléone (1802), landed him briefly in jail. He was responsible for introducing and editing the reorganized second edition of Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville's Le Dernier Homme (1805; ...

Dawson, Erasmus

The pseudonym of UK author Paul Devon (?   -?   ), of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of The Fountain of Youth (1891), a Lost World tale set in Borneo, where a race of Hindu giants (see Great and Small) is discovered; they are notable for various Inventions, and for their use of a metal previously unknown to science. The tale is narrated by ...

Federbush, Arnold

(1935-1993) American film editor, aspiring screenwriter and author who turned to novels on the understanding that it would increase his chances of making sales to Hollywood producers. The Man Who Lived in Inner Space (1973) features adventures Under the Sea by a marine biologist who is gradually transformed into an amphibious life-form after being crippled in a chemical explosion. Ice! (1978) is a ...

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. ...

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