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Film (1961). King Bros/MGM. Directed by Eugene Lourié. Written by John Loring, Daniel Hyatt, based on a story by Lourié and Hyatt. Cast includes William Sylvester, Bill Travers and Vincent Winter. 78 minutes. Colour. / A prehistoric reptile is captured off a small island in the Irish Sea, taken to London and put on show. But the 65ft (20m) creature turns out to be a mere infant, as everyone discovers when its 150ft (45m) Dinosaur mother comes to collect it, demolishing bits of ...

Yexley, Lionel

(1861-1933) UK naval officer, journalist, editor, politician and author born James Wood, taking the name Yexley by deed poll in 1918; active from about 1890, at first anonymously, then as Yexley. He remains best known for his campaigns to improve conditions among seamen, which proved successful from around 1911 after he persuaded Admiral Sir John Fisher (1841-1920) and Winston Churchill that reforms would improve the efficiency of the service. His Future War tales reflect these views. When the ...

Palmer, Raymond A

(1910-1977) US author and editor. His childhood was plagued by serious accidents including one that crushed his spine: in adulthood, as a consequence, he stood less than five feet tall and was hunchbacked, though he never allowed physical stress to affect his career. He was an active sf fan from the late 1920s, together with Walter Dennis creating the Science Correspondence Club (or SCC) in early 1929 with the express purpose of uniting the growing number of small local science/sf fan clubs ...

Roberts, Tansy Rayner

(1978-    ) Australian fan (see Fandom) and Fanzine writer, and author, winning Hugo awards in 2013 and 2015 for her fan accomplishments; her fiction is almost exclusively fantasy [not listed below]. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Musketeer Space (2017), a Space Opera specifically based on Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers (1844), featuring the traditional four musketeers in light-heartedly successful attempts to save the Solar System. [JC] see also: Ditmar Award. ...

Cooper, Giles

(1918-1966) Irish actor and screenwriter, a prolific adapter of others' works to radio and television. His original scripts include Loop (1963), about an invasion of present-day Britain from the future, and The Other Man (1964), which he novelized as The Other Man: A Novel Based on his Play for Television (1964), a Hitler Wins tale set in an Alternate History version of post-World War Two Britain, where Hitler, his life extended through Cybernetics, rules. Cooper was awarded an OBE in 1960. ...

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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