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Pink Panther Strikes Again, The

Film (1976). United Artists. Produced and directed by Blake Edwards. Screenplay by Edwards and Frank Waldman. Cast includes Lesley-Anne Down, Joe Dunne (uncredited stunt work), Dick Crockett, Burt Kwouk, Herbert Lom, Briony McRoberts, Peter Sellers and Richard Vernon. 124 minutes, cut to 103 minutes. Colour. / This fifth film in the sequence of slapstick crime capers that began with The Pink Panther (1963) – all starring bumbling and strangely-accented Inspector Jacques Clouseau ...

Johnson, Kenneth

(1942-    ) US screenwriter, producer and director, most of whose work as been in Television, specifically as the creator of the sf and borderline-sf series The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982), The Secret Empire (1979), Stop Susan Williams (1979; vt Cliffhangers: Stop Susan Williams) and "V" (1983-1985), and producer of The Bionic Woman (1976-1978). For Cinema he produced Short Circuit 2 (1988), the sequel to Short Circuit (1986) (which see). Twenty years after the original "V", ...

Fletcher, J S

(1863-1935) UK journalist and author of popular fiction, much of it for boys, though he is best known for his detective fiction. The Wonderful City (1894), for instance, carries its youthful protagonist to a Lost World in Western America at the famous Four Corners where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet; unfortunately, the inhabitants' ecologically sound lives count for little when a great volcano erupts. Morrison's Machine (1900), an adult tale, analyses the relationship of ...

Widnall, Samuel Page

(1827-1894) UK publisher and author, owner of The Old Vicarage at Grantchester from 1850, adding a Folly, and an artificial island in the River Cam which still exists; it was briefly and famously the home of Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), and later on of Jeffrey Archer. From the Vicarage, Widnall published several books from 1871, including A Mystery of Sixty Centuries; Or, a Modern St George and the Dragon (1889), which depicts the discover of a Lost Race of pre-Adamites in an African valley, who ...

Russell, William Moy

(1925-2006) UK biologist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Three Brothers" in the London Observer in December 1954, but who concentrated on his scientific career after that point. His The Barber of Aldebaran (1995) is a spoof Space Opera in the first part of which the representative of Robotics Inc is called in to the planet Aldebaran, whose Robots have begun to malfunction; he then goes to Toxicurara, where Alien pheromones cause problems. [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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