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Thom, Robert

(1929-1979) US screenwriter and author, of sf relevance mainly for his film work. For Wild in the Streets (1968) directed by Barry Shear, he wrote the screenplay, basing this on an earlier story, "The Day It All Happened, Baby!" (original publication not found); he was also responsible for the novelization, Wild in the Streets (1968). The surname of the rock star in this film – Flatlow – reflects Thom's original surname, ...

Morley, Felix

(1894-1982) US author, brother of Christopher Morley, whose Gumption Island: A Fantasy of Co-Existence (1956) features a Russian super-Weapon which knocks some Americans on an Island back millions of years in time (see Timeslip). [JC]

Sheers, Owen

(1974-    ) Fiji-born poet and author, in Wales from early childhood; his Hitler Wins tale, Resistance (2007), filmed as Resistance (2011), depicts life in a hidden part of Wales near Abergavenny after the Allies' failure of D-Day has been followed by a German Invasion of England. The tale focuses on both the men who leave to join a secret resistance movement and upon the women they ...

Tralins, S Robert

(1926-2010) US author, prolific in several genres under more than one name and author of various borderline-sf tales, often involving Sex. They include: Dragon's Teeth (1973) as Keith Miles; the Valentine Flynn series beginning with What a Way to Go! (1966) and ending with Invasion of the Nymphomaniacs (1967), all as Sean O'Shea; Future Sex (1979) and Pleasure Planet (1979) as Starr Trainor (a ...

Fail Safe

Film (1964). Max E Youngstein-Sidney Lumet. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Walter Bernstein, based on Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene L Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. Cast includes Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, Frank Overton and Fritz Weaver. 111 minutes. Colour. / A mistaken US nuclear attack on Moscow ...

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. ...



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