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They Came from Beyond Space

Film (1967). Amicus Productions UK/Embassy Pictures Corporation US. Produced by Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky. Directed by Freddie Francis. Written by Subotsky based on The Gods Hate Kansas (November 1941 Startling; rev 1964) by Joseph Millard. Special effects by Les Bowie (uncredited). Cast includes Michael Gough, Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Bernard Kay and Zia Mohyeddin. 85 minutes. Colour. / Scientist Dr Curtis Temple (Hutton) is co-leader of a UK project searching for intelligent ...


Pseudonym of Australian author Charles Carter (1871-1951) for his Utopia, The Island of Justice (1901), set on an Island whose teetotal society enjoys a relatively moneyless economy, and electricity-enabled Inventions. [JC]

Curry, E S

(1837-1906) Canadian-born minister and author, who became a US citizen in 1901; his The No-Din: Romance, History and Science of Pre-Historic Races of America and Other Lands (1899) is Prehistoric SF. Somewhat confusedly, 8000 years after the birth of Adam, an Edenic continent in the South Pacific is destroyed by a Comet; the survivors of this Disaster flee far and wide in Airships – including the No-Din itself and eventually colonize "Amurica", "Atlantuz", "Ophur" and other territories. ...

Senarens, Luis Philip

(1863-1939) US editor, publishing aide and author. Under at least twenty-seven pseudonyms he wrote perhaps 2000 stories, mostly boys' fiction, beginning in his teens. In later life, when that market declined, he served as managing editor for the Tousey publications, edited the weekly Moving Picture Stories and wrote motion-picture scenarios. He remains best known for his early work. In 1879, under the House Name "Noname", he took over the Frank Reade series of dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF; ...

Duncan, Ronald

(1914-1982) UK author, poet and playwright, Benjamin Britten's librettist for the opera The Rape of Lucretia (1946); he gained some acclaim for his sourly vatic drama and poetry in the 1940s, but became very much an outsider before his death; he was generally not thought of as a genre writer. The Dull Ass's Hoof (coll 1941) contains some fantasy plays. Some of the stories in The Perfect Mistress and Other Stories (coll 1969), A Kettle of Fish (coll 1971), The Tale of Tails (coll 1975) and The ...

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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