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When Worlds Collide

Film (1951). Paramount. Directed by Rudolph Maté. Written by Sydney Boehm, based on When Worlds Collide (September 1932-February 1933 Blue Book; 1933) and After Worlds Collide (1934) by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. Cast includes Richard Derr, Peter Hanson, John Hoyt, Larry Keating, Hayden Rorke and Barbara Rush. 83 minutes. Colour. / When Worlds Collide, which helped spark the 1950s sf-movie boom, was George Pal's second sf production, made after his Destination Moon. South African ...

Berryman, John

(1916-1988) US author and economist who was chief executive officer of a hardware wholesale company; author of some two dozen stories, beginning with "Special Flight" for Astounding in May 1939 and ending with "The Big Dish" (November 1986 Analog). His most anthologized story is "BEROM" (January 1951 Astounding), in which initially incomprehensible visiting Aliens prove to be speaking in a UK commercial telegraph code of the 1920s that they picked up via radio (see Linguistics). "The Trouble ...

Sherl, Gregory

(?   -    ) US poet and author whose first novel, The Future for Curious People (2014) with Julianna Baggott (uncredited), is set in a Near Future America where limited Time Viewer access to the future is possible through complex processing that goes essentially unexplained. Time viewing is governmentally restricted to previews of the viewer's personal relationships; the plot deals with two twentysomethings whose romantic lives are adrift, and after seeing ...


A common item of sf Terminology, denoting a planet in the galactic rim region (see Galactic Lens). Rimworlds are of importance in John Brunner's Interstellar Empire sequence and provide the various settings of A Bertram Chandler's John Grimes/Rim World stories. Probably the most notable individual rimworld in sf is Terminus in the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov, which is selected as the home of the eponymous Foundation because of its extreme remoteness from the core of Galactic Empire. ...

Speller, Jane

(?   -?   ) US author, in collaboration with her husband Robert Speller, of Adam's First Wife (1929), which recounts the experiences over 7,000 years of Lilith, originally of Sumerian birth and therefore descended from survivors of Atlantis; her Immortality is Drug-induced, but does not require the blood of virgins, and she is perhaps too level-headed to stand as a She figure, though she is frank about Sex. [JC]

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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