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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 ...


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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