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Hall, G Stanley

(1844-1924) US psychologist and author whose early acceptance of the theory of Evolution influenced his early studies in education and childhood development (see Psychology), which he interprets as a period of "Storm and Stress" within a rigorously defined arena: an only child (he claimed, for instance, obtusely) is "a disease in itself". His overall characterization of childhood as riven by conflicts with parents, mood disorders, and high-risk behaviour has seemed increasingly convincing, ...

Fennerton, William

Pseudonym of UK author and BBC foreign correspondent Ian Campbell McDougall (1921-2015), most of whose seven novels under this name are Technothrillers that fight shy of sf content. Of sf interest, however, is The Lucifer Cell (1968), which portrays an abject, dope-addicted UK ten years after a successful Invasion by China, which now dominates the civilized world; but there is some hope that the Americans and the Africans will fight back. [JC]

Space Probe Taurus

Film (1965; vt Space Monster; vt First Woman into Space). American International. Directed by Leonard Katzman. Cast includes Baynes Barron, Russ Bender, James Brown, Robert Legionaire and Francine York. Written by Leonard Katzman. 81 minutes. Black and white. / The mission of a Spaceship, Faith 1, ends disastrously, as deadly gas penetrates its hull, killing all but one crewman, and the survivor (Legionaire) urges Earth Control to destroy his own spaceship because it may be "infectious." ...

Lord, Jeffrey

House Name used for the 37-book Richard Blade Sword-and-Sorcery series "produced" by Lyle Kenyon Engel. Manning Lee Stokes wrote 1 to 8 of the sequence; 9-29 and 31-37 were by Roland Green; Ray Nelson contributed a single title, number 30 in the sequence. The Richard Blade series includes adventures set in other Dimensions or Parallel Worlds with an sf flavour. [DRL]

Legends of the Superheroes

US tv mini-series (1979; vt Challenge of the Superheroes). Hanna-Barbera Productions for NBC-TV. Characters created for DC Comics by C C Beck, Bob Kane, Gil Kane, Gardner F Fox, others. Executive Producers William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Produced by Bill Carruthers. Directed by Carruthers, Chris Darley. Written by Peter Gallay, Bob Layton, Paul Levitz, and Mike Marmer. Host: Ed McMahon. Narrator: Gary Owens. Cast includes Jeff Altman (Weather Wizard), Aleisha Brevard (Giganta), Ruth Buzzi (Aunt ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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