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Vulture, The

Film (1967; vt Manutara). Homeric Films Ltd/Ihod Productions Ltd/The Film Finance Company Ltd. Produced by Lawrence Huntington. Executive producer Jack O Lamont. Directed by Huntington. Written by Huntington. Cast includes Diane Claire, Broderick Crawford, Robert Hutton, Gordon Sterne and Akim Tamiroff. 91 minutes. Colour/black and white (see below). / US atomic researcher Eric Lutens (Hutton) and his wife Trudy (Clare) are in Cornwall for a vacation and a visit to Trudy's ...

Brooks, Edwy Searles

(1889-1965) UK author, mostly of stories for boys in the earlier years of his career, from his first published story "Mr Dorien's Missing £2000" for Yes and No in 1907 into the 1930s, though he also wrote many Sexton Blake Library tales during these years; and mostly of adventure thrillers – including the 50 or more Norman Conquest books as by Berkeley Gray and the 30 or so Ironsides of the Yard books as by Victor Gunn ...

Education in SF

Arguably, many sf works project the aura of a classroom, as writers undertake to explain their fantastic worlds' new Technology and other features at length by means of instructional Infodumps. A common pattern in Utopian novels is to pair naïve newcomers with longtime residents assigned to show and describe how their society functions, as seen in Edward Bellamy's ...

Bull Spec

US professional Slick Print Magazine of Speculative Fiction – technically a Semiprozine – which is also available online, founded and edited by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn of Durham, North Carolina. It debuted in Spring 2010 and was initially published thrice yearly, the print edition being in slick letter-size format. The editor keeps his definition ...

Velle, Gaston

(1868-1953) French filmmaker. A director of over 80 short films, Velle was an important pioneer in the use of special effects, mainly working for Pathé Frères and the Società Italiana Cines. / The majority of Velle's films are Fantastika, though only a few can be said to be sf, and even these are borderline. Most are Fantasy, many being Féerie or "fairy plays": Velle produced ...

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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