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Untermeyer, Louis

(1885-1977) US author, poet, critic and prolific anthologist. He is of genre interest for his Parody volume Heavens (coll 1922), whose framing device is an Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in which the unnamed protagonist is offered a choice of 976 heavens including a number of "Literary Realms" themed for particular authors. Of the five actually depicted, "The Heaven of Queer Stars" spoofs G K Chesterton, whose Father Brown-like spokesman scores endless ...

Last Man on Earth, The

US silent film (1924). Fox Film Corporation. Directed by John G Blystone. Written by Donald W Lee. Based on "The Last Man on Earth" (November 1923 Munsey's Magazine) by John D Swain. Cast includes Earle Foxe, Martha Mattox and Derelys Perdue. 70 minutes. Black and white. / Though at least two copies of this film survive and it has occasionally been shown at exhibitions, it is not generally available. The main sources for this entry are given under links below. It is possible that the ...

Morrow Project, The

Role Playing Game (1980). Timeline Inc (TI). Designed by Kevin Dockery, Robert Sadler, Richard Tucholka. / The shadow of the World War Three that never came, a nuclear conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union, looms large over this game. The mechanics of all three editions – two from 1980 and one from 1983, all developed by TI – are highly detailed and emphasize realistic combat, reflecting the game's Survivalist influences. Its central premise is that a group of ...

Incredible Petrified World, The

Film (1957). GBM Productions/Governor Productions. Produced and directed by Jerry Warren. Written by John W Steiner. Underwater photography by Mel Fisher. Cast includes Maurice Bernard, John Carradine, Robert Clarke, Phyllis Coates, Sheila Noonan and Allen Windsor. 70 minutes, cut to 64 minutes for home video release. / Professor Millard Wyman (Carradine) has developed an experimental diving bell capable of reaching greater depths Under the Sea than any yet reached by humanity. A ...

Card Game

Term used to describe a form of Game played with physical cards, generally made from paper, cardboard or plastic, and marked with symbols that make them part of a set. Playing cards appear to have been invented in ancient China at some point between the ninth and thirteenth Centuries CE; some confusion arises from the fact that the earliest examples seem to have been "domino cards" marked with the possible results of throwing a pair of six-sided dice, rather than sets employed for actual Card ...

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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