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Ssssssss!

Film (1973; vt Ssssnake!). Zanuck-Brown/Universal. Produced by Dan Striepeke. Directed by Bernard L Kowalski. Written by Hal Dresner, based on a story by Striepeke. Cast includes Dirk Benedict, Strother Martin and Heather Menzies. 99 minutes. Colour. / In a period when most Monster Movies were spoofs, this competently made film is unusual for playing it straight despite the joky-seeming title. The obsessed ...

Kainen, Ray

Usual pseudonym of US author Ray Kainulainen (?   -    ), who also published his erotic sf (see Sex) as by Ray Kalnen. His work – all of it released within a four-year period – was sharply told and occasionally witty, as in the fantasticated parody of Terry Southern's Candy (1964) in A Sea of Thighs (1968), or per the punning title of his last novel, ...

Shadow on the Land

Made-for-tv film (1968; vt United States: It Can't Happen Here). Screen Gems for ABC-TV. Produced by Matthew Rapf. Created by Sidney Sheldon. Directed by Richard C Sarafian. Written by Nedrick Young, based on It Can't Happen Here (1935) by Sinclair Lewis. Cast includes Jackie Cooper, John Forsythe, Gene Hackman, Carol Lynley and Marc Strange. 100 minutes. Colour. / An unspecified national ...

Mercier, Louis-Sébastien

(1740-1814) French playwright and author best known for his sixty or more plays and for his anecdotal journalism; he was active in the French Revolution, being imprisoned during the Terror. He is of interest for his exceedingly popular Proto SF tale, L'an deux mille quatre cent quarante: Rêve s'il en fût jamais (1771 Holland; trans William Hooper as Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred 1772 2vols UK; French text rev ...

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

Film (1975). Warner Bros. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by George Pal and Joseph Morheim, based on The Man of Bronze: Doc Savage and his Pals in a Novel of Unusual Adventure (March 1933 Doc Savage magazine; 1933) by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Robeson. Cast includes Ron Ely and Paul ...

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. ...



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