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De Abreu, Jorge

(1963-2016) Venezuelan biologist, editor and author of fantasy and science fiction short stories, the first published being "Trina" and "Sólo un juego" ["Only a Game"] in the 1986 debut issue of Cygnus – La Revista de Ciencia Ficción ["Cygnus – The Science Fiction Magazine"], to which he has been a regular contributor. He is best known as president of the Venezuelan Association of Fantasy and Science Fiction and as the founder in ...


Film (1974; vt The Man in the Steel Mask). Hemisphere/Maclean & Co. Directed by Jack Gold. Written by John Gould (Jack Gold), based on Who? (April 1955 Fantastic Universe; exp 1958) by Algis Budrys. Cast includes Joseph Bova, Elliott Gould and Trevor Howard. 91 minutes. Colour. / Released long after being made, and publicized not at all, this taut, efficient little metaphysical thriller, ...

Hilliard, John Northern

(1873-1935) US reporter, press agent and author, best known for his work on stage magic, including the posthumous Greater Magic (1938); he was probably the ghostwriter of The Art of Magic (1909) as by T Nelson Downs (1867-1938). He is of some sf interest for his collaboration with Grace Sartwell Mason (whom see), The Bear's Claws (1913) [JC]

Gineste, Raoul

Pseudonym of French journalist, poet and author Adolph Augier (1852-1914), whose sf novel, La seconde vie du docteur Albin (1902; trans Brian Stableford as The Second Life of Doctor Albin 2016), follows the investigations of the eponymous Scientist into the nature of the scientific mind; these investigations, which lead to the reanimation of his severed head (see ...

Tobor the Great

Film (1954). Dudley Pictures Corporation. Produced by Richard Goldstone. Directed by Lee Sholem. Written by Philip MacDonald from a story by Carl Dudley. Tobor designed by Robert Kinoshita. Cast includes Karin Booth (Janice Roberts), Billy Chapin, Charles Drake, Steven Geray, Taylor Holmes and J Lewis Smith (uncredited). 77 minutes. Black and white. / The US government wants to attempt manned Space Flight, but Dr ...

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 ...

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