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Creature with the Atom Brain

Film (1955). Clover Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Sam Katzman (uncredited). Directed by Edward L Cahn. Written by Curt Siodmak from his own original story. Special effects by Jack Erickson. Cast includes Richard Denning, Gregory Gaye (credited as Gregory Gay), Michael Granger and S John Launer. 69 minutes. Black and white. / Gangster Frank Buchanan (Granger) has been exiled to Europe after rival gangsters betrayed him to law enforcement authorities. There he meets the former ...

Watts, John

Pseudonym of Scottish author Hugh Miller (1937-    ), who under his own name has written crime novels, often involving forensic medicine, and Ties to the UK Eastenders television soap opera, which is nonfantastic. Head of State (1979) as Watts is a Near Future tale in which a scientist's brain is transplanted (see Identity Transfer) into the body of the President of Unisphere. [JC]

Creature that Ate Sheboygan, The

Board and counter Wargame (1979). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by Greg Costikyan. / Creature is an entertaining and highly playable game inspired by such 1950s B-movies as Godzilla (1954) (see Gojira) and The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). One player constructs a gigantic Monster, equipping it with abilities drawn from a list including flaming breath, flight, spinning giant webs and radioactive emissions, and attacks the eponymous American town, with the goal of ...

Talbot, Hake

Pseudonym of US author Henning Cunningham Nelms (1900-1986) who as Henning Nelms wrote nonfiction works on theatrical design and stage magic; his Rim of the Pit (1944) is an impossible crime tale whose solution utilizes an sf premise. [JC]

Rutherford, Meg

(1932-2006) Australian sculptor, illustrator and author, in UK at least intermittently from 1958; she is of some sf interest for The Beautiful Island (graph 1969), which is collage-based. The narrative is ostensibly pure fantasy – birds persuade the battered houses and edifices of northern lands to migrate south to a paradisal Island – but uses proto-Steampunk devices literally to carry the tale, for the buildings are all hauled or otherwise transported by ingenious humans, whose ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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