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Price, Roger

(1918-1990) US television personality, cartoonist and author, best known for the comic cartoons he called Droodles – simple sketches or diagrams that make no sense without their joky captions, such as a panel of scattered blots described as "Measles Waiting To Be Caught"; these were first published as Droodles (graph 1953). The protagonist of In One Head and Out the Other (1954) "had a clever trick of saying any conceivable sentence so that it sounded like 'I had one grunch but the ...

Gipe, George

(1933-1986) US tv and film scriptwriter and author known within the sf field for several competent film Ties: Resurrection (1980), Gremlins (1984) (see Joe Dante), Explorers (1985) (see Explorers) and Back to the Future (1985) (see Back to the Future). [JC]

Rio 70

Film (1969, released 1972; vt Future Woman; vt The Girl from Rio). Ada Films/Fine Products (US). Produced by Harry Alan Towers. Directed by Jesús Franco (credited as Jess Franco). Written by Bruno Leder, Harry Alan Towers (credited as Peter Welbeck) and Franz Eichorn (uncredited). Based on characters created by Sax Rohmer in his Sumuru series. Cast includes Shirley Eaton, Marta Reeves (credited as Martha Reeves), George Sanders and Robert Wyler. 94 minutes. Colour. / Arriving in Rio ...

Verron, Robert

(?   -?   ) UK author, mostly of crime novels from around 1944 till 1964. He was responsible as well for two sf tales for children, The Point of No Return (1955), in which a species of Mutant fish threaten to take over the world, and The Day of the Dust (1964), in which Disaster strikes. [JC]

Kyne, Peter B

(1880-1957) US author, many of whose stories – at least 110 are credited – were made into films, including his first and most famous novel, The Three Godfathers (1913). Though it only hints at Near Future events, Pride of Palomar (1921) – filmed as The Pride of Palomar (1922) – is of interest for its portrayal of the Yellow Peril menace to California represented by immigrating Japanese, who in Social Darwinist terms (see also Evolution) are superior to whites. Of direct ...

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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