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Queffélec, Henri

(1910-1992) French author, known mainly for novels about the sea, for which he became famous; of sf interest is a Near Future tale, Combat contre l'invisible (1958; trans Jonathan Griffin as Frontier of the Unknown 1960), set in a nuclear plant under construction, and examining with clear ironical intent his protagonist's faith that – despite upswelling conflicts – Reason will prevail, once the combatants stop to see it. [JC] see also: Nuclear Energy. /

Fly, The

1. Film (1958). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Kurt Neumann. Written by James Clavell, based on "The Fly" (June 1957 Playboy) by George Langelaan. Cast includes Al (David) Hedison, Patricia Owens and Vincent Price. 94 minutes. Colour. / A Scientist experimenting with Matter Transmission accidentally gets mixed with a fly and ends up with its head and arm (or leg). He has retained his own brain, however, and with the help of his wife tries to reverse the procedure. But the ...

Butler, Jack

(1944-    ) US author and college teacher, much of whose fiction – like his first novel, Jujitsu for Christ (1986) – has dealt in non-fantastic terms with his native US South, though always with a sometimes gonzo sense that the envelope of mimesis must be pushed to capture his native territory. In this he is similar to southern regionalists such as Fred Chappell and Donald Harington, but is more inclined to opt for sf effects, as in his second novel, Nightshade ...


Film (1984). Universal. Produced by Norman Jewison. Directed by Fred Schepisi. Written by Chip Proser, John Drimmer, from a story by Drimmer. Cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Timothy Hutton and John Lone. 99 minutes. Colour. / Set in the Arctic (shot in Canada), Iapetus tells of a Neanderthal dug out of the ice, thawed, resuscitated and studied. Eschewing the caveman clichés (see Apes as Human) of films like Trog (1970), it adopts a sensitive and supposedly realistic manner, much being ...

Glasser, Allen

(1908-1971) US author and sf fan, briefly active in the 1930s; he was president of an early Fandom club, the Scienceers, and edited The Time Traveller: Science Fiction's Only Fan Magazine in the early 1930s. He is now remembered on two counts: as the "author" of "Across the Ages" (August-September 1933 Amazing), which was plagiarized from "The Heat Wave" (April 1929 Munsey's Magazine) by Robert Ord and Marion Ryan; and as the author of The Cavemen of Venus (1932 chap), a story in pamphlet form ...

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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