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Harry and the Hendersons

Film (1987; vt Bigfoot and the Hendersons UK). Amblin/Universal. Directed by William Dear. Written by Dear, William E Martin, Ezra D Rappaport. Cast includes Don Ameche, Melinda Dillon, Kevin Peter Hall, John Lithgow, Joshua Rudoy and David Suchet. 111 minutes. Colour. / This amiable, well-made film is sf only in that it deals with a Lost Race. Harry is a Bigfoot, an 8ft (2.4m) intelligent hairy anthropoid, a shy native of the US Northwest. He is knocked down by the car of and then ...

Kelly, William Patrick

(1848-1915) UK author in whose Doctor Baxter's Invention (1912) it proves possible to transfer insanity and homicidal behaviour from one person to another via a serum taken from the blood of a homicidal maniac (see Identity Transfer; Medicine). The Harrington Street Mystery (1915), a detective story, features an electro-magnetic Weapon. [JC]

Escape [radio]

Radio drama series (1947-1954). CBS Radio network. Produced by Norman MacDonnell (1916-1979). Directors included MacDonnell and William N Robson (1906-1995). Writers included Les Crutchfield, John Dunkel, Antony Ellis, Kathleen Hite, John Meston and Robert Tallman. Announcers: William Conrad and Paul Frees, often with Roy Rowan as a secondary announcer/narrator. 228 30-minute episodes. / Escape was primarily an adventure-mystery programme, but included much sf, Fantasy, and Horror among its ...

Furey, Maggie

(1955-    ) UK teacher and author, now living in Ireland, whose genre novels are chiefly Fantasy, beginning with Aurian (1994) and continuing with further tales in the Aurian: Artefacts of Power sequence [see Checklist below]. Her sf contributions comprise two short Young Adult novels set in the Cyberspace Shared World of The Web, being Sorceress (1998) and Spindrift (1998). [DRL]

Blot, Thomas

Pseudonym of US author William Simpson (1828-1910). In his sf novel The Man from Mars: His Morals, Politics and Religion (1891) the eponymous telepathic traveller tells of his Utopian world. Unfortunately – if his desire was to communicate widely – the human he contacts is a hermit. [JC]

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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