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A term coined in the 1960s by Karl Werner, referring to techniques for preserving the human body by supercooling. R C W Ettinger's The Prospect of Immortality (1964) popularized the idea that the corpses of terminally ill people might be "frozen down" in order to preserve them until such a time as medical science would discover cures for all ills and a method of resurrecting the dead. Many sf stories have extrapolated the notion. / The ...

Bride of Frankenstein, The

1. Film (1935). Universal. Directed by James Whale. Written by John Balderston, William Hurlbut and R C Sherriff uncredited. Cast includes Colin Clive, E E Clive, Gavin Gordon, O P Heggie, Valerie Hobson, Boris Karloff (credited by surname only), Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor, Ernest Thesiger and Douglas Walton. 75 minutes. Black and white. / ...

Gom, Leona

(1946-    ) Canadian poet and author, recently of a series of detections for the Young Adult market; The Y Chromosome (1990), set in a world almost exclusively inhabited by women, hovers fruitfully between Utopia and Dystopia in its depiction of the few remaining males, who survive in hiding. [JC]

Robinson, Logan

(1949-    ) US author of Evil Star = Beda (1986), a borderline Disaster novel in which Cold War conflicts ("beda" is "disaster" in Russian), and the imminent collision of a Comet with Earth, are treated in Technothriller fashion. [JC]

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Film (1986). Paramount. Directed by Leonard Nimoy. Written by Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer, based on a story by Nimoy and Bennett. Cast includes the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Catherine Hicks. 119 minutes. Colour. / Returning to Earth on their captured Klingon spacecraft to stand trial for exceeding orders in various ...

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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