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McMahon, Thomas

(1943-1999) US scientist specializing in biomechanics, and author, three of whose novels teasingly gain fuel and impetus from the fantastic, broadly conceived. Principles of American Nuclear Chemistry: A Novel (1970), a Young Adult tale set at the time of the Manhattan Project during World War Two, skirts Fantastika through its depiction of the Invention ...

Mad Monster, The

Film (1942). Producers Releasing Corporation. Produced by Sigmund Neufeld. Directed by Sam Newfield. Written by Fred Myton. Cast includes Gordon De Main, Johnny Downs, Anne Nagel, Glenn Strange, Robert Strange and George Zucco. 77 minutes. Black and white. / Somewhere in southeastern US swamplands Dr Lorenzo Cameron (Zucco) conducts experiments to turn humans into animal-men, here a type of Werewolf. His mentally handicapped groundskeeper Petro ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of The Blue Shirts (1926), a Near Future political thriller in which the eponymous para-legal cadre attempts to create a Socialist Republic of Great Britain. Several separate Fascist organizations, each known as The Blue Shirts, were founded in or around 1932 in China, Ireland, Portugal; members of the Parti national social chrétien in mid-1930s ...

SF Digest

UK small A4-size magazine. One undated issue, (June) 1976, published by New English Library; edited by Julie Davis. SF Digest was to have been a quarterly successor to Science Fiction Monthly, but was doomed even before its single issue appeared by the publisher's decision to concentrate on books rather than magazines. SF Digest's format was superior to that of the inconveniently oversized Science Fiction Monthly. It featured ...

Sorcerers, The

Film (1967). Tigon Film Distributors (UK)/Allied Artists Pictures (US). Produced by Patrick Curtis and Tony Tenser. Directed by Michael Reeves. Written by Reeves and Tom Baker from an idea by John Burke (see Jonathan Burke). Cast includes Boris Karloff, Catherine Lacey and Ian Ogilvy. 86 minutes. Colour. / Former medical hypnotist Professor Marcus Monserrat (Karloff), disgraced by an unexplained incident some years ...

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 ...

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