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Animated puppet technique devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and used in a sequence of television shows of which most were sf: Four Feather Falls (1960) (fantasy in a US Western setting), Fireball Xl5 (1962-1963), Stingray (1964-1965), Thunderbirds (1965-1966), ...

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The

Film (1970). United Artists and the Mirisch Production Company presents a Sir Nigel Films and Mirisch Films production in association with Compton Films, Phalanx Productions and the Mirisch Corporation. Directed by Billy Wilder. Written by Billy Wilder and I A L Diamond, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Cast includes Colin Blakely, Christopher Lee, Mollie Maureen, Genevieve Page, Robert Stephens and Tamara Toumanova. 125 minutes ...

Lord of the Flies

1. Film (1963). Allen-Hogdon Productions/Two Arts. Directed by Peter Brook. Written by Brook, based on The Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding. Cast includes James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards and Roger Elwin. 91 minutes. Black and white. / Set in the Near Future, the film concerns a group of English schoolboys whose plane crash-lands on a remote island. With two exceptions the boys ...

Quick, Jonathan

Pseudonym (playing on Jonathan Swift) of UK authors Cecil Eldred Hughes (1875-1941) and Harold Begbie, who see for details. [JC]

Supernatural Creatures

This entry provides an overview of the treatment of supernatural beings in sf, some of the more important, interesting or simply popular subsets of such entities also being given separate entries: Gods and Demons, Golem, Poltergeists, Shapeshifters, Vampires, Werewolves and ...

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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