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Wasp Woman, The

Film (1959). Filmgroup/Allied Artists. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Leo Gordon, based on a story by Kinta Zertuche. Cast includes Susan Cabot and Michael Mark. 73 minutes. Black and white. / One of Roger Corman's more routine efforts, this may have been rushed out to capitalize on the publicity received by The Fly (1958). Cabot plays well the ageing cosmetics executive who, in a successful attempt at Rejuvenation, takes a form of royal jelly (from wasps not bees) (see ...

Hill, Ernest

(1915-2003) UK author who began publishing sf with "The Last Generation" for New Worlds in January 1964, and who published some stories of interest, most notably the Dystopian "Atrophy" (in New Writings in SF #6, anth 1965, ed John Carnell). His novels – the rather desultory Space Opera Pity about Earth (1968 dos); The GC Radiation (1971), in which a few Americans and Russians survive a world Disaster; and The Quark Invasion (1978), the latter two being written for Robert Hale Limited ...

Trimble, Bjo

Esperanto-based "fan name" of Betty JoAnne Conway Trimble (1933-    ), used for all her written work. She was long active in Fandom since attending the 1952 Worldcon; she worked on various Los Angeles SF Society Fanzines including De Profundis and Shangri L'Affaires, organized Convention masquerades and in 1960 established the convention Art Show in its modern form. She was an occasional contributor to Locus. As an artist signing herself Bjo, she published black-and-white ...

Wettenhovi-Aspa, Sigurd

(1870-1946) Finnish author and nationalist philosopher, an early (indeed perhaps the first) advocate of the philological argument that all Indo-European languages have a common Finnish-Egyptian origin (see Linguistics). Late in life he published an English-language sf novel, The Diamondking of Sahara (1935), in which the desert is transformed into forest, and the vastly improved power-generating capacity of Niagara Falls (see Power Sources) enables the inventive protagonist Fingal King to ...

DeSmedt, Bill

(?   -    ) US computer programmer and author, whose Near Future Archon Sequence, comprising Singularity (2004) and Dualism (2014), dramatizes the Jackson-Ryan Hypothesis that the 1908 Tunguska explosion in Siberia was caused by a microscopic Black Hole, which remains at the Earth's core and threatens the End of the World. The similarities to Greg Bear's The Forge of God (1987), in which a not dissimilar destruction from within is caused by Aliens, are ...

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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