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Mind of Mr Soames, The

Film (1969). Amicus. Directed by Alan Cooke. Written by John Hale and Edward Simpson, based on The Mind of Mr Soames (1961) by Charles Eric Maine. Cast includes Nigel Davenport, Terence Stamp and Robert Vaughn. 98 minutes. Colour. / John Soames (Stamp) has been in a coma since birth and is now 30 years old. A neurosurgeon (Vaughn) brings him to consciousness with a brain operation. Now a sexually ...

Offutt, Andrew J

(1934-2013) US author who often signed his name andrew j offutt; his first published story was as by Andy Offutt and his first professional sale was as by A J Offutt. Though that first published story, "And Gone Tomorrow" for If in December 1954, was a contest winner, he regarded his professional sf career as beginning with "Blacksword" in Galaxy for December 1959. He soon became a prolific writer in several genres, both under his own name and ...


A House Name of Modern Publications, used by John Russell Fearn on the sf novel Liquid Death (1953) and on non-sf works by F Dubrez Fawcett. [JC]

Gordon, Stuart [2]

(1947-2020) US screenwriter, playwright and director who co-wrote the sf or Science Fantasy play trilogy Warp! with Lenny Kleinfeld, the latter writing as by Bury St Edmund; it was performed by the Chicago Organic Theater company in 1971, had a short Broadway run in February 1973, and was adapted for Comics (thus coming full circle since it been inspired by various Marvel Comics titles, ...

Anderson, William C

(1920-2003) USAF pilot who served in World War Two, and author in various genres who published his first sf, The Valley of the Gods (1957) as by Andy Anderson. Like his Pandemonium on the Potomac (1966), it features a father and daughter: in the former book they philosophize about the extinction of mankind; in the latter they act on their anxiety about Man's imminent self-destruction, becoming involved in what turns out to be a British plot to enforce world peace by ...

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 ...

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