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Man They Could Not Hang, The

Film (1939). Columbia. Directed by Nick Grinde. Written by Karl Brown, based on a story by Leslie T White and George W Sayre. Cast includes Lorna Gray, Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor and Robert Wilcox. 72 minutes. Black and white. / A kindly Scientist (Karloff) invents a mechanical heart, and one of his students volunteers to undergo clinical death to test it; a police raid at the critical moment prevents this and the student dies. Karloff is executed for murder, but arranges to be revived with ...

Terrahawks

UK tv series (1983-1986). Anderson Burr Pictures/London Weekend Television. Created Gerry Anderson, produced by Anderson, Christopher Burr; directors Alan Pattillo, Tony Bell, Tony Lenny, Desmond Saunders; all episodes written by Tony Barwick (one with Trevor Lansdown) except for pilot, by Anderson. Three seasons, 39 25-minute episodes in all. / Using more advanced puppets than in all his SuperMarionation series, with more electronic movements built in, this was the last of Anderson's sf ...

Frankenweenie

1. Short film (1984). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Lenny Ripps, from Burton's outline. Cast includes Paul Bartel, Shelley Duvall, Barret Oliver and Daniel Stern. 30 minutes. Black and white. / Victor Frankenstein (Oliver), a ten-year-old amateur filmmaker in a picket-fence neighbourhood, brings his dead dog back to life with the power of electricity; the neighbours are initially repelled, but come round after Sparky, pursued with ...

Muirden, James

(1942-    ) UK author, most of whose works are nonfiction popularizing Astronomy; he also published the two-volume Eric Kendall series of Young Adult sf tales comprising Space Intruder (1965) and The Moon-Winners (1965). Young Eric, after halting a rogue planet from striking Earth in the first volume, again must fight the obduracy of the British defense establishment in the second after responding to an emergency, as the Americans, who seem to have been first to reach the ...

Haggard, H Rider

(1856-1925) UK civil servant, lawyer, agricultural expert and author. Haggard spent the years 1875-1881 in the Colonial Service in South Africa, where he gained much of the material for his fiction. On his return to the UK he read for the bar while at the same time beginning to produce novels and other work. With his third and fourth published novels, King Solomon's Mines (1885) and the even more successful She: A History of Adventure (2 October 1886-8 January 1887 The Graphic; cut 1886; full ...

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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