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Tales of Frankenstein

Made-for-tv film (1958). Hammer Film Productions/Columbia Pictures Corporation for Columbia Pictures Television. Directed by Curt Siodmak. Produced by Michael Carreras. Screenplay by Henry Kuttner, C L Moore (credited as Catherine Kuttner) and Jerome Bixby (uncredited) from a story treatment by Siodmak based on Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Cast includes Richard Bull, Anton Diffring, Don Megowan and Helen Westcott. 28 minutes. Black and ...

Starweb

Board and counter Wargame (1976). Flying Buffalo. Designed by Rick Loomis. / Starweb is a Play by Mail (and, more recently, Play by Email) strategy game which, like Stellar Conquest (1974), includes many of the features later seen in 4X Games. Every player begins the game as absolute ruler of a species which has just discovered a gateway to the eponymous web, a Hyperspace network created by a vanished Forerunner race which links the player's solar system to the rest of the galaxy. The game ...

Townsend, Eric

Pseudonym of UK author Eric William MacLean (1901-?   ), who also wrote as by Eric W Townsend, almost exclusively for Boys' Papers; much of this work has never appeared in book form, with two exceptions of some sf interest. The Bell of Santadino (13 January 1922 Champion; 1937) revolves around a giant bell, likely of ancient origin, which is discovered in the mountains of Peru. The Lair of the Bird-Men (1938), is a Lost Race tale featuring a hirsute minuscule race of humanoids ...

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

US tv series (1993-1997). December 3rd Productions/Warner Bros. Developed for television by Deborah Joy LeVine. Executive producers David Jacobs, Robert Singer; co-executive producers Deborah Joy LeVine, Jim Crocker; coproduced by Philip J Sgriucia, Jim Michaels, John McNamara; supervising producers Randall Zisk, Tony Blake & Paul Jackson. Writers include Crocker, Bryce Zabel, Robert Killebrew, Thania St John, Dan Levine. Directors include Zisk, Gene Reynolds, Mark Sobel, Robert Singer, ...

Shagan, Steve

(1927-2015) US screenwriter, producer and author, involved in some adaptations of Tarzan to the screen, and producer of 37 of the 57 episodes in the Television series Tarzan (1966-1968). Of some sf interest is The Formula (1979), based on his filmscript for The Formula (1980), in which contemporary oil companies attempt to destroy all evidence of the Nazi Invention in World War Two of a fuel that bypasses the need for petroleum (see Power Sources); the tale is set in car-dominated Los Angeles ...

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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