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Brain from Planet Arous, The

Film (1957). Marquette Productions Ltd/Howco International. Produced by Jacques R Marquette. Directed by Nathan H Juran (credited as Nathan Hertz). Written by Ray Buffum. Cast includes John Agar, Joyce Meadows and Dale Tate. 71 minutes. Black and white. / Young Scientist Steve March (Agar) is about to marry Sally (Meadows) when the criminal Alien brain Gor (voiced by Tate) arrives on Earth, and takes possession of Steve's body. Gor/March begins his quest to take over the world by destroying ...

Shattuck, William

(1864-1946) US author of The Keeper of the Salamander's Order: A Tale of Strange Adventure in Unknown Climes (1895), a Fantastic Voyage story whose protagonist, accompanied by demons and other creatures, visits strange lands and Islands, encountering at least one Lost Race en route. The author handles much of this material with an unsubtle Satirical brush. [JC]

Clear Horizon, The

US television series (1960-1962). CBS Television Network. Created by Manya Starr. Writers included Starr, Carol Warner Gluck, and Irving Vendig. Cast included Phyllis Avery, William Berger, Beau Bridges, Ed Kemmer, Ted Knight, Eve McVeigh, Lee Meriwether, and William Roerick. 254 episodes. Black and white. / This daily soap opera, first performed live and taped when it was revived, involved the lives of astronauts in the American space programme residing in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its ...

Land of the Lost

US tv series (1974-1977). Sid and Marty Kroft Television Productions for NBC-TV. Created by Allan Foshko, Sid and Marty Kroft and (uncredited) David Gerrold. Produced by the Krofts, Jon Kubichan, Dennis Steinmetz. Special effects by Gene Warren, Sr. Dinosaur animation by Gene Warren Jr, Harry Walton, Peter Kleinow. Directors included Bob Lally, Steinmetz, Gordon Wiles. Writers included Margaret Armen, Ben Bova, D C Fontana, Foshko, Peter Germano, Gerrold, Donald F Glut, Larry Niven, Samuel ...

Duncan, Dave

Working name of Scottish-born petroleum geologist and author David John Duncan (1933-2018), in Canada from 1955, a citizen from 1960; he also wrote as by Sarah B Franklin and Ken Hood. His earlier singleton novels inclined mostly to sf. The first, A Rose-Red City (1987), complicatedly puts its twentieth-century protagonist into a walled Utopia, where demons (and the Minotaur) oppose his attempts to extract Ariadne from the world. Shadow (1987) is a Science-Fantasy tale of dynasties in trouble ...

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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