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Allen, Henry Wilson

(1912-1991) US author, as Will Henry, of many Westerns, including MacKenna's Gold (1963), later filmed. His sf novel, Genesis Five (1968), narrated by a resident Mongol, depicts the Soviet creation of a dubious Superman in Siberia in a world in which the Cold War has become perpetual. [JC]

Mead, Harold

(1910-1997) Indian-born author, in the UK from an early age. The first and better known of his sf novels, The Bright Phoenix (1955), is a sombrely told Ruined Earth tale in which a reestablished but over-regimented Utopian culture tries unsuccessfully to reinhabit abandoned parts of the Earth; it ends a little sentimentally with a Second Coming. The other, Mary's Country (1957), tells of the quest of a group of children – most of whose social peers have been killed by in a Pandemic (see ...

Hume, Cyril

(1900-1966) US author and screenwriter of most importance to sf Cinema for his screenplays for Forbidden Planet (1956) and its semi-sequel The Invisible Boy (1957). Much earlier, Hume also wrote the screenplay for the Tarzan movie Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) and subsequent MGM Tarzan Films; he is said to have suggested Johnny Weissmuller for the role of Tarzan. [GSt]

Baker, Nicholson

(1957-    ) US author whose novels have consistently threatened to push mimetic conventions past the point where they can usefully be applied, beginning with The Mezzanine (1988), whose enormously expanded rendering of a small movement in time and space clearly stretches "realism" into something more interesting. U and I: A True Story (1991) self-revealingly anatomizes John Updike. The protagonist of The Fermata (1994) discovers in childhood that he can stop time at will ...

Cars that Ate Paris, The

Film (1974). Salt Pan/Australian Film Development Corp/Royce Smeal. Written and directed by Peter Weir. Cast includes Terry Camilleri, John Meillon and Kevin Miles. 88 minutes. Colour. / From a director who later made several impressive fantasy films, including Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and The Last Wave (1977), both of which edge close to sf at points, The Cars That Ate Paris is an idiosyncratic exploitation movie about a small town in which young people drive murderously redesigned ...

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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