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Bennett, Gary L

(1940-    ) US physicist and author, author of at least two technical papers in collaboration with Robert L Forward, and of many pieces attacking American fundamentalism in its attempts to dismantle Evolutionary science; his sf novel, The Star Sailors (1980), deals with the conflict between a peaceful galactic civilization which is threatened by another, divisive galactic culture. Faster Than Light travel, on which Bennett has also published scientific papers, is a key ...

Vampire Bat, The

Film (1933). Majestic Pictures Inc. Produced by Phil Goldstone and Larry Darmour. Directed by Frank R Strayer. Written by Edward T Lowe. Cast includes Lionel Atwill, Melvyn Douglas, Maude Eburne, Robert Frazer, Dwight Frye and Fay Wray. 63 minutes. Black and white. / In the village of Kleinschloss somewhere in central Europe, there is a rash of mysterious deaths in which the blood is drained from victims' bodies. Two small puncture marks are found on each throat, as if made by needle-sharp ...

Race in SF

Racial matters have long been a very highly charged category of Politics. Early science-fictional discussion of the problems of race relations would often distance the issues by a metaphorical transfer to the imaginary or Alien societies of Lost Worlds and other planets, since serious speculation tended to be swamped by anxious fantasies – notably the spectre of the Yellow Peril – and by the kind of unthinking racism and antisemitism which were for many years endemic in popular ...

Crandall, Melissa

(?   -    ) US author of Ties, including one for Star Trek, one for Quantum Leap (1989-1993) and a novelization of the two-part opening story of Earth 2 (1994-1995). [JC]

Thing, The

1. Film (1951; vt The Thing from Another World). Winchester Pictures/RKO. Directed by Christian Nyby (but see below). Written by Charles Lederer, based on "Who Goes There?" (August 1938 Astounding) by Don A Stuart (John W Campbell Jr). Cast includes James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite, Margaret Sheridan, Douglas Spencer and Kenneth Tobey. 86 minutes. Black and white. / The Thing was by far the most influential of the films that sparked off the sf/Monster-Movie boom of the 1950s, and remains ...

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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