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Myers, Robert J

(1924-2011) US author of a short series – the Frankenstein sequence comprising The Cross of Frankenstein (1975) and The Slave of Frankenstein (1976) – in which the Frankenstein Monster is seen through a horror lens, with sf elements not emphasized (but see Horror in SF). The Virgin and the Vampire (1977) lacks any sf content. [JC]


Although book series were not given separate headwords in past editions of this encyclopedia (if only for space reasons), a number of brief examples have been added to this third online edition. This is partly for the sake of internal search engine efficiency. The online Search feature gives priority to terms appearing in headwords, so a search for "Lensman" would formerly report the relevant game as top result, with E E Smith himself some places down the list; ...

KULT: The Temple of Flying Saucers

Videogame (1989; vt Chamber of the Sci-Mutant Priestess in the US). ERE Informatique. Designed by "Arbeit von Spacekraft" (Johan Robson). Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, DOS. / In the future of The Temple of Flying Saucers, humanity has split into three distinct subspecies after a (presumably nuclear) apocalypse: the Psionically gifted Tuners, the physically mutated Protozorqs and the unaltered Normals. The player ...

Eidlitz, Walther

(1892-1976) Austrian poet and author of an sf novel, Zodiak (1930; trans Eric Sutton 1931), which takes a dim view of the glorification of technical progress, espousing instead a youthful ascent towards a higher world governed on Pax Aeronautica principles (see also Transportation). [JC]

Pärn, Priit

(1946-    ) Estonian director, writer and animator; originally a plant ecologist, who in 1974 or shortly afterwards joined Joonisfilm, the animation division of the state-run Tallinnfilm film studios. / Estonian animators have been a major influence on Soviet Bloc animation, in part due to their country's proximity to Finland and its television signals, allowing a wider pool of inspiration. Pärn is probably the most important of these ...

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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