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Weinstein, Howard

(1954-    ) US author whose work has been restricted to Ties until the twenty-first century, when he began to publish the occasional short story. Ties for Star Trek (1966-1969) include The Covenant of the Crown (1981), Deep Domain (1987) and The Better Man (1994); those for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) include Power Hungry (1989), Exiles (1990) and Perchance to Dream (1991); those for "V" (1983-1985) include East Coast Crisis (1984) with A C Crispin, Prisoners ...

Mearson, Lyon

(1888-1966) Canadian-born art critic, screenwriter and author, in the US for many years, active in the Pulp magazines from about 1915; he wrote the script for Vengeance of the Dead (1917), an early film by Henry King (1886-1982). He is of sf interest for Phantom Fingers (1927), in which a Mad Scientist who commits apparently impossible crimes with the aid of Matter Transmission, is foiled in the end by a brave detective. [JC]

Wood, R W

(1868-1955) US author and optical physicist whose sf works were written with Arthur Train (whom see for details). His comic verses in How to Tell the Birds from the Flowers: A Manual of Flornithology for Beginners (coll 1907) – positing unlikely Evolutionary links based on supposed visual similarities – once had a cult following. [JC/DRL]

Gas-s-s-s, Or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World ...

Full title: Gas-s-s-s, or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. / Film (1970; vt Gas! or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It). San Jacinto, American International Pictures. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by George Armitage. Cast includes Talia Coppola, Robert Corff, Bud Cort and Elaine Giftos. 79 minutes cut to 77 minutes. Colour. / In Corman's belated attempt to cash in on the hippy/counterculture movements of the 1960s, ...


Film (2014). Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Cast includes Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh Carroll, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Nolan Gross, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Leman, Mark Margolis, Nick Nolte and Ray Winstone. 138 minutes. Colour. / It would be overreaching to claim that Noah is an sf epic manqué about the Invention of a superior boat which survives the Disaster of a worldwide ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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