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Cthulhu Mythos

This Shared-World background derives from stories by H P Lovecraft, notably "The Call of Cthulhu" (February 1928 Weird Tales). The Mythos was elaborated by members of Lovecraft's circle, including Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Robert E Howard, Frank Belknap Long and Clark Ashton Smith. Lovecraft references some of these friends in Recursive jokes, ascribing a grimoire to the "Comte d'Erlette" (Derleth) and having "Robert Blake" (Bloch) driven mad in "The Haunter of the Dark" (December 1936 ...

Warehouse 13

US tv series (2009-current). Created by Jane Espenson and D Brent Mote. Producers include Drew Z Greenberg, Andrew Seklir, Jack Kenny, and David Simkins. Directors include Constantine Makris, Tawnia McKiernan, and Stephen Surji. Writers include Espenson, Mote, Greenberg, Michael P Fox, and Ian Stokes. Cast includes Eddie McClintock as Pete Lattimer, Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering, Saul Rubinek as Artie Nielsen, Genelle Williams as Leena, and Alison Scagliotti as Claudia Donovan. 25 one-hour ...

Marfax, Clyde

Author (?   -    ), perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond the appearance of this byline on the unremarkable Planets of Peril (1954 chap), #4 in the shortlived Fantastic Science Thriller pocketbook series. Marfax has sometimes been identified as a pseudonym of the woman who wrote as Erroll Collins, but stylistic evidence suggests otherwise. [DRL/SH]

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Film (1987). Cannon. Directed by Sidney J Furie. Written by Lawrence Kohner, Mark Rosenthal, based on a story by Reeve, Kohner. Cast includes Gene Hackman, Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve. 93 minutes. Colour. / Superman's death knell, at the box office anyway, was tolled by Cannon's attempt to get more mileage from his exploits after he had been jettisoned by Alexander and Ilya Salkind. Reeve agreed to play the part again only in exchange for co-authoring the original ...

One Million Years B.C.

Film (1966). Hammer/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Don Chaffey. Written by Michael Carreras, based on the screenplay of One Million B.C. (1940). Cast includes Martine Beswick, Robert Brown, John Richardson and Raquel Welch. 100 minutes. Colour. / The first of Hammer's several stone-age movies (see also When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth), this is a remake of the Prehistoric SF film One Million B.C.. Prehistoric lovers from different scantily clad tribes, the rock people and the shell people ...

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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