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Kagarlitski, Julius

(1926-2000) Russian critic and professor of European drama at the State Theatrical Institute in Moscow. One of the leading Russian critics to have a strong interest in sf, Kagarlitski published the first and most comprehensive study in the then USSR of an individual sf author: Gerbert Uells (1963; trans Moura Budberg as The Life and Thought of H.G. Wells 1966; considerably rev and exp vt Vgliadyvaias v griadushchee ["Staring into the Future"] 1989). He later edited a fifteen-volume set of H G ...

Lawlor, Harold

(1910-1992) Irish-born US author of some 35 short stories 1942-1953, his debut being "The Eternal Priestess" (April 1942 Fantastic Adventures). He wrote most often for Weird Tales, where "Mayaya's Little Green Men" (November 1946 Weird Tales) is of interest as an early genre-fiction use of the phrase Little Green Men (which see) in a story title; this was anthologized in Beyond the Curtain of Dark (anth 1966) edited by Peter Haining. [DRL]

Rhys, Jack

Pseudonym of David Michael Heptonstall (1943-    ), UK author of two sf novels for Robert Hale Limited, The Eternity Merchants (1981), a Space Opera, and The Five Doors (early version as by Michael Stall in New Writings in SF 23, anth 1973, ed Kenneth Bulmer; exp 1981), whose "doors" (the first of which appears on Earth) are a succession of Stargates to other planets. The Michael Stall pseudonym is obviously derived from the author's real name. [JC] see also: Matter ...

Road to Hong Kong, The

Film (1962). Melnor. Directed by Norman Panama. Written by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. Cast includes Joan Collins, Bing Crosby, Walter Gotell, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Robert Morley. 91 minutes. Black and white. / Veteran con-men Harry Turner (Crosby) and Chester Babcock (Hope) have lured 400 investors with their latest scam, an "Interplanetary Spacecraft" from "Fly-It-Yourself, Inc." that is actually little more than a propeller cap and jet pack worn by Babcock on a modest, ...

Butler, Samuel

(1835-1902) UK artist, author, traveller and speculative thinker, whose family-induced sojourn in New Zealand 1859-1864 gave him raw material for Erewhon (see below) but did not cure him of his artistic inclinations; his best-known single work, the posthumously published autobiographical novel The Way of all Flesh (1903), describes the long conflict between Butler and his minister father, a conflict which also provided much of the force of the Satire on Religion in his two Utopias, Erewhon, or ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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