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Halford, John

(?   -?   ) UK author whose Hidden Saria (1934) is a Lost Race tale featuring an advanced civilization, hidden in a valley in Asia and descended from ancient Greek wanderers. [JC]

Black Scorpion, The

Film (1957). Warner Bros. Directed by Edward Ludwig. Written by David Duncan, Robert Blees. Cast includes Mara Corday and Richard Denning. 88 minutes. Black and white. / Giant scorpions and a rather good spider emerge from a cavern under the Mexican desert in this slow-moving, low-budget Monster Movie obviously inspired by Them! (1954). The stop-motion animation of the scorpions, supervised by Willis H O'Brien at the age of 70, is vivid but does not really redeem the wooden performances and ...

Housman, Laurence

(1865-1959) UK playwright and author, brother of Clemence Housman, whose The Were-Wolf (1896) he illustrated [for differently focused entries on both Housman and his sister, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and of the poet A E Housman (1859-1936). During his life Housman was best known for his plays and for several volumes of fantasy and sf stories, including Gods and Their Makers (1897; with stories added, vt as coll, Gods and Their Makers and Other Stories 1920), The Blue ...

Gay, J Drew

(1846-1890) UK journalist, politician, explorer and author in whose The Mystery of the Shroud: A Tale of Socialism (1887) a fog gives a socialist secret society the chance to conquer England in the Near Future, but the chance is muffed. [JC]

Davies, Russell T

(1963-    ) UK television producer, scriptwriter, and author, born Stephen Russell Davies, who added the middle initial to his name to distinguish himself from the UK writer and television figure Russell Davies (also born in Wales). He began his career with the BBC in the 1980s, writing two sf serials for the Young Adult market, Dark Season (1991 6parts), featuring a young Kate Winslet (1975-    ) in the story of a plot to rule the world through advanced ...

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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