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Scanziani, Piero

(1908-2003) Swiss journalist and author active from around the late 1920s, several of whose novels are Fantastika, some being of sf interest. The protagonists of I cinque continenti ["The Five Continents"] (1942; rev 1983) visit a small Island which proves to be inhabited by the last survivors of Atlantis; the investigation of the nature of the life of the eponymous protagonist of Felix (1952; rev 1980) depends on its being conducted in the year 2000; and Libro bianco (1968; rev 1983; trans ...

Road to Hong Kong, The

Film (1962). Melnor. Directed by Norman Panama. Written by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. Cast includes Joan Collins, Bing Crosby, Walter Gotell, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Robert Morley. 91 minutes. Black and white. / Veteran con-men Harry Turner (Crosby) and Chester Babcock (Hope) have lured 400 investors with their latest scam, an "Interplanetary Spacecraft" from "Fly-It-Yourself, Inc." that is actually little more than a propeller cap and jet pack worn by Babcock on a modest, ...

Touno Mamare

Pen-name of Daisuke Umezu (1973-    ), a Japanese author whose work sits in playful opposition to many tropes of Pulp fiction in the 2010s. Originally posted in serial form online in 2009 as by "Marmalade Sand", his Maōyū (Maō Yūsha – literally, "Demon King and Hero") series begins where most stories end with the confrontation of a human hero and a demon overlord at the culmination of a fifteen-year war. The characters, however, recognize that they ...

Weiss, Jan

(1892-1972) Czech government official and author whose literary career began after active service during World War One in the Austria-Hungary army on the Russian front, where he was captured and became a prisoner of war; his wartime experiences dominate his first books. Weiss is of sf interest initially for Dům o 1000 patrech (1929; trans Alexandra Büchler as The House of a Thousand Floors 2014), an allegory-tinted novel whose protagonist, suffering from Amnesia, awakens into a ...

Martian Chronicles, The

US tv miniseries (1980). NBC TV. Directed by Michael Anderson. Teleplay Richard Matheson, based on The Martian Chronicles (coll of linked stories 1950; rev vt The Silver Locusts 1951) by Ray Bradbury. Cast includes Rock Hudson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Roddy McDowall, Darren McGavin, Bernadette Peters, Nyree Dawn Porter, Joyce van Patten and Fritz Weaver. Three 110-minute episodes. Colour. / The problems with this disappointing, expensive ($8 million) adaptation cannot be blamed entirely on ...

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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