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Ssssssss!

Film (1973; vt Ssssnake!). Zanuck-Brown/Universal. Produced by Dan Striepeke. Directed by Bernard L Kowalski. Written by Hal Dresner, based on a story by Striepeke. Cast includes Dirk Benedict, Strother Martin and Heather Menzies. 99 minutes. Colour. / In a period when most Monster Movies were spoofs, this competently made film is unusual for playing it straight despite the joky-seeming title. The obsessed Mad Scientist Dr Stoner (Martin) believes that only ophidians (snakes) will survive ...

Morley, Christopher

(1890-1957) US author and man of letters, brother of Felix Morley, who remains best known for mildly fantasticated (but not fantasy) tales like Parnassus on Wheels (1917) and The Haunted Bookshop (1919), and for Kitty Foyle (1939), a sentimental romance. He was a founding member of the Book-of-the-Month club, serving as a selector from 1928 to 1956; and co-founded the Baker Street Irregulars in 1934 (see Arthur Conan Doyle). Where the Blue Begins (1922), a Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of ...

Last Wave [magazine]

US Semiprozine published and edited by Scott Edelman, New York; five issues, October 1983 to Winter 1986, first four issues quarterly, letter-size, slim (32 pages). The final issue switched to Digest format, 96 pages. Edelman was inspired to start The Last Wave from a comment he read in an article by Gardner Dozois who said that there were stories going unpublished because they were too bizarre for genre conventions. Edelman bemoaned the retrenching of the market after the New Wave of the late ...

Mysterious Wu Fang, The

US Pulp magazine, seven issues September 1935 to March 1936, monthly, published by Popular Publications; edited by Edythe Seims working for Rogers Terrill. Intended to capitalize on the popularity of Sax Rohmer's Dr Fu-Manchu (featured in films and a radio series of the period; see Fu Manchu), The Mysterious Wu Fang showed the "Dragon Lord of Crime" seeking world domination, sometimes using sf means in the attempt. The novels were by the prolific Robert J Hogan, who was simultaneously producing ...

Lorraine, Paul

A House Name for Curtis Warren, used by William Henry Bird for Two Worlds (1952), John Russell Fearn for Dark Boundaries (1953) and John S Glasby in collaboration with Arthur Roberts for Zenith-D (1952). [PN/JC/DRL]

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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