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Flying Serpent, The

Film (1946; vt Killer with Wings). Producer's Releasing Corporation. Directed by Sam Newfield (credited as Sherman Scott). Produced by Sigmund Neufeld. Written by John T Neville from his original story. Cast includes Eddie Acuff, Hope Kramer, Ralph Lewis, James Metcalfe and George Zucco. 59 minutes. Black and white. / Demented archaeologist Professor Andrew Forbes (Zucco) has made two unlikely discoveries near San Juan, New Mexico. The first is that the Aztec Empire stretched that far north ...

Valentine, James

(1961-    ) Australian author whose Young Adult JumpMan sequence, beginning with JumpMan: Rule 1: Don't Touch Anything (2002), is predicated to comic effect on the fantasy rule that the Hero of a tale must do that which is forbidden. In very loose sf terms, the Time Travel stories of the series follow the consequences of this rule. [JC]

Lalley, Paul

(?   -    ) US author of a Disaster thriller, The Colony (1979), which features the destruction of a small town by a plague of abnormal ants, who may be governed by a Hive Mind. [JC]

Archer, Jeffrey

(1940-    ) UK Conservative politician and author of many thrillers, most notorious in the early twenty-first century for his imprisonment on a count of perjury; in his Near Future sf novel, Shall We Tell the President? (1977; rev 1985), the American president who may or may not be informed of a plot against his life is Edward Kennedy, whose gun control laws are opposed vehemently. The revised edition is transformed into a sequel to The Prodigal Daughter (1982), at the end ...

Macfadden, Bernarr

(1868-1955) US publisher, author and film producer, born Bernard Adolphus McFadden; much concerned throughout his life with physical culture, and an espouser of nudism and eccentric health routines in various magazines from early in his career. His acknowledged fiction, beginning with The Athlete's Conquest (1892), is neither sf nor fantasy; but he may have published some pseudonymous genre works in his own magazines. From 1904 his journals featured sf stories and novels. The first was "My ...

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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