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Voyage à Travers l'Impossible, Le

Film (1904; vt Whirling the Worlds; vt An Impossible Voyage). Star. Produced and directed by Georges Méliès. 30 minutes. Black and white. / This was only the second sf-oriented film to be more than five minutes long – there had been several of around one minute – made by French cinema pioneer Méliès; the first was his Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902). It involves a newly invented experimental train taking off from the summit of the Jungfrau, travelling ...

Night Man

US tv series (1997-1999; vt NightMan). Syndicated. Glen A Larson Production/Alliance Atlantic Communications. Character created by Steve Englehart. Developed for television by Glen A Larson. Produced by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Janet Curtis-Larson, Scott Thomas. Directors included Allan Eastman, Robert Monica and George Mendeluk. Writers included Englehart, D G Larson and Steven Kriozere. Cast includes Jayne Heitmeyer, Earl Holliman, Derwin Jordan, Matt McColm, Derek Webster and Michael Woods. ...

Ward, Don

(1911-1984) US editor, chiefly as a freelance but long associated with Dell Books, and author of H. Rider Haggard's She: The Story Retold (1949), which as conveyed by the title is a retelling of She: A History of Adventure (2 October 1886-8 January 1887 The Graphic; cut 1886; full text 1887) by H Rider Haggard. He collaborated with Theodore Sturgeon on some Western tales which are assembled alongside Sturgeon's solo work in this genre as Sturgeon's West (coll 1973). For Dell Books he ...

Miss Fury

US Comic strip created, drawn and written by Tarpé Mills, real name June Tarpé Mills (1912-1988). Miss Fury was the first female Superhero created by a woman, introduced in a syndicated Sunday newspaper comic strip entitled The Black Fury on 6 April 1941; the strip and the heroine were retitled Miss Fury in November that year. The newspaper strip ran until 1952; eight comic books (1942-1946) were published, reprinting the strip. / Socialite Marla Drake is about to attend a ...

Vardeman, Robert E

(1947-    ) US author whose ruthless productivity – he has written about sixty books since his first sf novel, Pleasure Planet (1974 as by Edward E George; vt Outer Space Embrace 1978 as by Monica Mounds; vt Janet's Sex Planet 1980 as by Carrie Onn; vt Intergalactic Orgy 1983 as Obie Khan; vt Sexual Coquette 1985 dos as by Marv Elous; vt Playing with Desire 1986 as by Fred Sparkrock) – has yet to give birth to tales that are more than workmanlike. As well as some ...

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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