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North, Franklin H

(?   -?   ) US journalist and author of The Awakening of Noahville (1898) a spoofish sf adventure tale, almost certainly derived from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), in which two vagabonds become the scamp hirelings of Carolus Rex, ruler of a Lost Race kingdom somewhere adrift of New Mexico. There is a Robot, and Inventions galore, but modernization is resisted, and all ends in a slapstick War. [JC]

Mr Terrific

US tv series (1967). Universal Television for CBS-TV. Directors included Jack Arnold, Jerry Hopper, Don Weis. Writers included Hal Goldman, David P Harmon, Martin Ragaway. Cast includes Richard Gautier, John McGiver and Stephen Strimpell. Seventeen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Stanley Beamish (Strimpell) is the physically unimposing owner of a gas station in Washington, District of Columbia, who is recruited to become the reluctant titular Superhero by the Bureau of Special Projects. ...

Fawcett, E Douglas

(1866-1960) UK author and mystical thinker, long resident in Switzerland. His first (and best-known) sf novel, Hartmann the Anarchist, or The Doom of the Great City (June-September 1893 The English Illustrated Magazine; 1893), illustrated by Fred T Jane, features a 1920 anarchist revolution against a wicked, capitalist UK, with London being destroyed by Airships; but, in the face of opposition and gripped by guilt, the rebel Hartmann eventually destroys himself and the Attila, his fearsome ...

Invasion [film]

Film (1966). Merton Park, American International Pictures. Directed by Alan Bridges. Written by Roger Marshall, based on an original story by Robert Holmes. Cast includes Lyndon Brook, Valerie Gearon, Edward Judd and Yōko Tani. 82 minutes. Black and white. / This interesting UK film tells of two humanoid Aliens of East Asian appearance whose Spaceship crash-lands on Earth outside a country hospital. It turns out that one is a prisoner of the other. Further alien "Lystrians", members of ...

Eidson, William B

(?   -    ) US author of The Blue Helix (1999), a Near Future tale in which the fatal illness of his wife inspires the protagonist's Invention of an Immortality Drug which also confers super powers. [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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