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Night of the Comet

Film (1984). Atlantic 9000/Film Development Fund. Directed by Thom Eberhardt. Written by Eberhardt. Cast includes Robert Beltran, Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart and Mary Woronov. 100 minutes cut to 95 minutes for UK release. Colour. / This likeable exploitation movie, witty throughout, opens with the light or the Rays from a Comet – an idea perhaps stolen from John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; ...

Woods, Margaret L

(1856-1945) UK poet and author, of some sf interest for The Invader (1907) a tale involving enforced Identity Transfer; the invading personality eventually destroys the tame protagonist through marriage-destroying wild behaviour. Come Unto These Yellow Sands (1915) is Fantasy. [JC]

Reid, C Lestock

(1888-1954) India-born UK army officer and author, in active service during World War One. His adventure novels include The Trail of Pharaoh's Treasure: A Romance of Africa (1924); Sons of Solomon (1931), a Lost Race tale also set in Africa, sadly defaced for modern readers by its racism (see Race in SF); and Dark Destiny (1936). Revenge with a Vengeance (1952) enters Technothriller territory with a renewed German plot to conquer the world using a secret radar beam of unusual versatility (see ...

East, Rebecca

Pseudonym of US author Rebecca Warner (1951-    ), a psychology professor at the University of New Hampshire. Her first novel A.D. 62: Pompeii (2003), is a Time Travel tale whose protagonist – a twenty-first-century expert in the period – is sent on an exploratory mission to the first century Roman empire, but is stranded there, and to survive becomes a kind of Scheherezade, telling stories out of her centuries of lore to her masters, for she has been enslaved. ...

Pierce, Jack P

(1889-1968) Greek-born Cinema make-up effects pioneer who emigrated to the USA at around the turn of the twentieth century. He went into film work in the 1910s, moving from one position to another: assistant cameraman, stuntman, even acting itself at Fox Studios in the 1920s before beginning to create make-up effects. Pierce was hired by Universal Studios in 1928 as head of their make-up department. From 1930 to 1947, he created some of the most memorable Monster make-up designs seen in the US ...

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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