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Barr, Martin W

(1860-1938) US medical doctor and author; in the former capacity, as superintendent from 1893 to an unknown date of the Pennsylvania Training School for Feeble-Minded Children at Elwyn, he was a strong advocate of the sterilization of "mental defectives" in his care whom he deemed incurable. Of sf interest is his only novel, The King of Thomond: A Story of Yesterday (1907), in the frame story of which the superintendent of a Pennsylvania insane asylum presents the first-person ...

Shaw, Brian

A House Name used by Curtis Warren on four novels by four different authors: Argentis (1952) by E C Tubb, Ships of Vero (1952) by David O'Brien, Z-Formations (1953) by John Russell Fearn (signing himself Bryan Shaw) and Lost World (1953) by Brian ...


Film (1973). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed and written by Michael Crichton. Cast includes Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Yul Brynner, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gaye Scott. 88 minutes. Colour. / Westworld is set in a Near Future enclave somewhere in the western deserts of America, where the Delos corporation has recently constructed a trio of interconnected theme parks, each inspired by a popular film genre: ...

Children of the Damned

Film (1963; vt Horror!). MGM. Directed by Anton M Leader. Written by Jack Briley, based on The Midwich Cuckoos (1957; rev 1958; vt Village of the Damned 1960) by John Wyndham. Cast includes Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris, Ian Hendry and Bessie Love. 90 minutes. Black and white. / This UK film is not a sequel to the successful Village of the Damned (1960); it is a ...


Film (2002). New Line Cinema presents a Niccol Films production. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast includes Catherine Keener, Elias Koteas, Jay Mohr, Al Pacino, Rachel Roberts, Winona Ryder and Pruitt Taylor Vince. 117 minutes. Colour. / A dying computer scientist (Koteas) presents a fading Hollywood auteur (Pacino) with the secret technology to create a digital "synthespian" – a Virtual Reality ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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