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Mask of Fu Manchu, The

Film (1932). Cosmopolitan/MGM. Directed by Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor. Written by Irene Kuhn, Edgar Allen Woolf, John Willard, based on The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) by Sax Rohmer. Cast includes Jean Hersholt, Boris Karloff, Myrna Loy, Karen Morley and Lewis Stone. 72 minutes, cut to 67 minutes. Black and white. / Rohmer's Oriental supervillain has since been brought to the screen many times (see Fu Manchu) but this first, visually lavish version, produced by Irving Thalberg, is the most ...

Dixon, Dougal

(1947-    ) UK geologist, palaeontologist and author whose After Man: A Zoology of the Future (1981) provides a quasifactual view of a Far-Future Earth in which Homo sapiens, having exhausted the planet and become extinct, gives way (in a fashion reminiscent of the work of Olaf Stapledon) to succeeding forms of life adapted by Evolution to new-found ecological niches: bats, for example, become highly diversified, including flightless land-walking species. The New Dinosaurs: ...

Williams, Francis

Working name of UK journalist and author Edward Francis Williams, Baron Francis-Williams (1903-1970); a working newspaperman from 1920; he was dismissed from his editorship of the London Daily Herald in 1940 for refusing to abate his long-held anti-Nazi fervour; from 1941 he served as controller of press and censorship. His sf novel, The Richardson Story (1951; vt It Happened Tomorrow 1952), deals with an ominous Near Future advance in Communications, allowing Subliminal messages to control ...

Youers, Rio

(1971-    ) UK-born author in Canada for many years; his early work, beginning with Everdead (2008), tends to supernatural horror, an emphasis shifting, in a tale like Point Hollow (2015), to topoi verging on Horror in SF, as a malign entity within a mountain gives small-town Americans a glimpse of some truths about the past. The Forgotten Girl (2017) is a paranormal thriller whose protagonist, attempting to track down a mysterious woman from his past, discovers that she has ...

Games Magazines

This encyclopedia does not as a rule give full entries to Games-oriented Print Magazines: FASA's Stardate (which see) is a rare exception, since for part of its run it was also a science fiction magazine; another exception is Ares (which see), most of whose issues included an sf story. Other games magazines of some relevance have included Dragon from TSR Inc, with 359 issues 1976-2007; White Dwarf from Games Workshop (which see), launched 1977 and still current; and Challenge from GDW (Game ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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