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Stump, D L

(?   -?   ) US author whose sf novel, From World to World (1896; exp vt The Love of Meltha Laone; Or, Beyond the Sun 1913), describes a transit by Spaceship from Earth to Counter-Earth; various lessons are taken from this opposition of planets, focusing in particular on the advanced Utopia discovered on the latter. [JC]

Aronofsky, Darren

(1969-    ) US filmmaker whose sf films to date have been the Mathematical psychodrama π or Pi (1998) and the Immortality quest epic The Fountain (2007); he also co-wrote David Twohy's World War Two haunted-submarine (see Under the Sea) fantasy Below (2002), and was briefly but pivotally involved in the development of Watchmen (2009) – he suggested the film version's ending – as well as unrealized Comics adaptations including a 2000 version of Frank Miller's ...

Laidlaw, Ross

(1931-    ) Scottish author, mostly of historical novels and thrillers; of sf interest is his first novel, The Lion Is Rampant (1979), a Dystopian political thriller set in the impoverished Near Future Scotland of the 1980s, when the Scottish Freedom Party attempts to wrest power from the morally and political bankrupt south. [JC]

Whelan, Michael

(1950-    ) American artist. After obtaining a BA in art from San Jose State University in 1973, Whelan began attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles; however, after displaying his artwork at a few sf conventions, he received an offer from Donald A Wollheim to paint covers for DAW Books, inspiring him to leave school and move to New York to work as a professional artist. Some of his early covers clearly reflect the influence of Frank Frazetta, featuring ...

Lady and the Monster, The

Film (1944). Republic. Produced and directed by George Sherman. Written by Dane Lussier, Frederick Kohner, based on Donovan's Brain (1943) by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes Richard Arlen, Sidney Blackmer, Vera Ralston and Erich von Stroheim. 86 minutes. Black and white. / This is the first of the three film versions of Siodmak's novel; the others are Donovan's Brain (1953) and Vengeance (1963; vt The Brain). Financial wizard W H Donovan is killed when his plane crashes in the desert. An ...

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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