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Unearthly, The

Film (1957; vt House of Monsters). AB-PT Pictures Corporation/Republic Pictures. Produced and directed by Brooke L Peters (credited as Boris Petroff). Written by John D F Black (credited as Geoffrey Dennis), and Jane Mann from an original story by Jane Mann. Cast includes John Carradine, Myron Healy, Allison Hayes and Tor Johnson. 73 minutes. Black and white. / Mad Scientist Dr Charles Conway (Carradine) oversees a psychiatric clinic in a rural area where he secretly conducts experiments ...

Bester, Alfred

(1913-1987) US editor and author, born in New York, a city with which he was always closely associated, his first two sf novels – on which his reputation increasingly depends – both being largely set in a vividly presented future New York. Educated in both humanities and sciences – including Psychology, perhaps the most important "science" in his sf – Bester entered sf when he submitted a story to Thrilling Wonder Stories. Mort Weisinger, the editor, helped Bester to ...

Cooper, Colin

(1926-2012) UK playwright, music critic and author, active as a scriptwriter for Television and Radio, who also wrote at least one crime novel as by Daniel Benson. His first sf was a six-part BBC radio serial, "Host Planet Earth" (1966). His first sf novels, The Thunder and Lightning Man (1968) – a humorous tale of Alien Invasion – and Outcrop (1969), have not had a strong impact on the field. The somewhat downbeat Dargason (1977) is a story of the Near Future in which, for ...

Pier, Garrett Chatfield

(1875-1943) UK-born US author of Hanit the Enchantress (1921), in which a Yale expedition to Egypt discovers what seems to be a Lost World, into the heart of which the lead of the expedition plunges by Timeslip, where he falls in love with the spitting image of the twentieth century woman to whom he is betrothed. [JC]

Levene, Malcolm

(1937-1973) UK author, in Australia from the 1960s, whose Carder's Paradise (1968) describes the mixed blessings of Automation: a completely automated society whose inhabitants are kept busy by complex entertainments. [JC]

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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