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Although book series were not given separate headwords in past editions of this encyclopedia (if only for space reasons), a number of brief examples have been added to this third online edition. This is partly for the sake of internal search engine efficiency. The online Search feature gives priority to terms appearing in headwords, so a search for "Lensman" would formerly report the relevant game as top result, with E E Smith himself some places down the list; but the new entry for Lensman ...

Cold Night's Death, A

Made-for-tv film (1973). Spelling Goldberg/ABC. Directed by Jerrold Freedman. Teleplay Christopher Knopf. Cast includes Robert Culp and Eli Wallach. 73 minutes. Colour. / Interesting, atmospheric but ponderous yarn with a bizarre premise about two quarrelsome scientists, one emotional (Wallach) and one dispassionately rational (Culp), in a remote Arctic station. Their experimental chimpanzees (see Apes as Human) turn the tables and start conducting stress tests on the scientists themselves. ...

Hand of Death

Film (1962; vt Five Fingers of Death). Associated Producers/20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Produced by Eugene Ling. Directed by Gene Nelson. Written by Ling. Cast includes John Agar, Stephen Dunne, Roy Gordon and Paula Raymond. 58 minutes. Black and white. / Idealistic Scientist Alex Marsh (Agar) is developing an experimental nerve gas which he naively hopes will be a Weapons so deadly as to bring about an end to warfare. In a predictable accident, some of the chemical in liquid form ...

Stables, Gordon

(1840-1910) Scottish medical doctor and author of children's fiction, writing well over a hundred novels, primarily for boys; he served as surgeon on a whaling boat and later with the Royal Navy until 1875; some of his books were signed Dr Gordon Stables, RN, and some others were signed W Gordon-Stables or W Gordon Stables, MD, RN. He wrote extensively for the Boys' Papers, including The Boy's Own Paper, where he published many Fantastic Voyages in competition with the serials of Jules Verne; ...

Weiner, Andrew

(1949-2019) UK-born psychologist and author, in Canada after 1973, who began publishing sf with "Empire of the Sun" in Again, Dangerous Visions (anth 1972) edited by Harlan Ellison, but who became significantly active only in the early 1980s, with thirty stories released in that decade. About half of his work was assembled in Distant Signals, and Other Stories (coll 1989), "Distant Signals" (May/June 1984 Twilight Zone) itself being televised in the Television Anthology Series Tales from the ...

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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