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Wise, Robert

(1914-2005) US film director, who began his career as a film-cutter at RKO Studios and by 1939 was a fully qualified editor. He worked on Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941) and also – at the studio's insistence when the director was safely out of the country – directed a few scenes in Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He then worked with the Val Lewton unit at RKO, first as editor, then as director. He made three films for Lewton – Curse of the Cat People (1944; ...

Grogan, Gerald

(1884-1918) Scottish author who served in World War One from as early as 1915; he was killed in 1918. His sf novel, A Drop in Infinity (1915), carries its unwilling protagonists Jack Thorpe and Marjorie Matthews via a Mad Scientist's Dimensional portal into an empty but congenial Parallel World.There is some discussion of a potential Multiverse of such worlds, each slightly different from the next, though the mad experimenter has found most of them dangerous and retained access only to two. In ...

Pursuit

Made-for-tv film (1972). ABC Circle/ABC TV. Directed by Michael Crichton. Written by Robert Dozier, based on Binary (1972) by Crichton writing as by John Lange. Cast includes Ben Gazzara, E G Marshall, Martin Sheen, William Windom and Joseph Wiseman. 72 minutes. Colour. / In this lively thriller, Crichton's directorial debut, an extremist politician prepares to use a nerve-gas chemical Weapon capable of killing millions during a San Diego Republican convention, in order to assassinate the ...

Lyons, Joseph

(1847-1917) UK inventor, caterer (founder of Lyons Corner Houses), and author of The Master Crime (1907) with Cecil Raleigh, a Near Future tale involving an anarchist destabilization of Britain, causing the Bank of England to close its doors. Lyons was knighted in 1911. [JC]

Lawhead, Stephen R

(1950-    ) US author of Christian Fantasy (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, which also see for entry on this author); permanently in the UK from about 1991. He began writing work of genre interest with the Dragon King fantasy trilogy beginning with In the Hall of the Dragon King (1982); a later fantasy sequence, the Pendragon Cycle, beginning with Taliesin (1987), Christianizes (which is to say, re-Christianizes) Arthurian legends [for Arthur see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

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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