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Williams, Jay

(1914-1978) US actor and author of at least 100 novels, mostly for children, though he wrote mysteries as by Michael Delving and some adult fiction. His first novel, The Stolen Oracle (1943), was an historical tale containing an element of fantasy; many of his singletons were similarly constructed. He is best known for the Danny Dunn sequence of Children's SF tales, beginning with Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint (1956) ...

Hardcore Henry

Film (2015 Russia; original title Khardkor). Huayi Brothers Pictures, Bazelevs, Versus Pictures. Directed by Ilya Naishuller. Written by Ilya Naishuller. Cast includes Haley Bennett, Sharlto Copley, Andrei Dementiev, Danila Kozlovsky, Tim Roth. 96 minutes. Colour. / The Cyborg "Henry" escapes from the laboratory where he was created, dropping from an Airship into the streets of Moscow. There, he joins forces with ...

1990

UK tv serial (1977-1978). BBC TV. Produced by Prudence Fitzgerald. Regular cast included Edward Woodward, Barbara Kellerman, Robert Lang, Tony Doyle, Lisa Harrow. Most episodes written Wilfred Greatorex, who devised the series, or Edmund Ward. 16 55-minute episodes. Colour. / Reflecting the fears of the middle classes in the 1970s, this serial, set in a socialist UK of 1990, warns of what could happen if the welfare state continued in its ...

Davies, Hugh Sykes

(1909-1984) UK critical theorist, surrealist, Communist (until 1956), poet (in the Apocalyptic movement founded by Henry Treece), and author whose surrealist book-length Petron: A Prose Poem (1935) is, at least retroactively, of some value to sf writers and readers as an early model for contemporary attempts at the rendering of Inner Space. The Papers of Andrew Melmoth (1960) is an interesting story about the ...

du Maurier, George

(1834-1896) French/UK illustrator, cartoonist – over 3000 cartoons for Punch alone between 1864 and 1896 – and author, resident mostly in UK from the 1850s on; grandfather of Daphne du Maurier. The protagonists of his first and best novel, Peter Ibbetson (June-November 1891 Harper's New Monthly Magazine; 1891), share each other's dreams, in which they return to their idyllic childhood. But du ...

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. ...



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