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Zagat, Arthur Leo

(1896-1949) US author, extremely prolific in a number of Pulp-magazine genres, publishing about 500 stories, some (excruciatingly) as by Morgan Lafay; of the relatively few that are sf, several were with Nat Schachner, including Zagat's first, "The Tower of Evil" for Wonder Stories Quarterly in Summer 1930. The eleven tales produced collaboratively before they separated in 1931 were Zagat's ...

Max Headroom

UK made-for-tv film (1985); US tv series (1987-1988). Chrysalis/Channel 4 (UK); Chrysalis/Lakeside-Lorimar Telepictures (US). Created by Steve Roberts (screenplay) and George Stone, Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton (story). Produced by Peter Wagg, Brian Frankish, Roberts. Writers included Roberts, Philip DeGuere, Michael Cassutt. Directors included Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (UK teleplay), Farhad Mann, Tommy Lee Wallace, Thomas J Wright, Victor ...

Chosen Survivors

Film (1974). Alpine-Churubusco/Metromedia. Directed by Sutton Roley. Written by H B Cross, Joe Reb Moffly, based on a story by Cross. Cast includes Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Bradford Dillman and Richard Jaeckel. 99 minutes. Colour. / This US/Mexico coproduction is a small-scale, inventive little exploitation movie whose plot-line is purest Paranoia. In a government test on stress reactions, 11 people are persuaded via ...

District 9

Film (2009). Peter Jackson presents in association with Tristar Pictures and Block/Hanson a WingNut Films production/with the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry South Afirca. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell. Cast includes Jason Cope, Sharlto Copley, Vanessa Haywood and David James. 112 minutes. Colour. / 1983. Narrated backstory. A crewless interstellar ship is detected hovering over ...

Goodchild, George

(1888-1969) UK thriller and adventure author and playwright. His first sf novel, The Eye of Abu (1927) as by Alan Dare, was an Atlantean (see Atlantis) Lost-World novel relating the discovery of the Fountain of Youth. As Goodchild he followed this with The Monster of Grammont (1927), marginally sf; The Emperor of Hallelujah Island (1930), about a kingdom of criminals; ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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