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Eliminators

Film (1986). Altar/Empire. Produced by Charles Band. Directed by Peter Manoogian. Written by Paul DeMeo, Danny Bilson. Cast includes Denise Crosby, Roy Dotrice, Conan Lee, Andrew Prine and Patrick Reynolds. 96 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / Enjoyable exploitation frolic whose plot defies precis, but involves a Mad Scientist (Dotrice) – who wants to become a Roman emperor – lurking in the jungle with a Time Machine; his unhappy creation, the weary Cyborg known as the ...

Brain Dead

Film (1989). Concorde/New Horizons. Directed Adam Simon. Written by Charles Beaumont. Cast includes Patricia Charbonneau, Bud Cort, George Kennedy, Bill Paxton, Nicholas Pryor and Bill Pullman. 81 minutes. Colour. / A neurosurgeon (Pullman) is asked to examine a genius (Cort) who has gone mad and killed his family. The surgeon soon finds that his own Identity is being alarmingly eaten away, with his friends, colleagues and wife supporting the process, gradually convincing him that he is the ...

Shanks, Edward

(1892-1953) UK editor, poet and author in various genres whose Scientific Romance, The People of the Ruins: A Story of the English Revolution and After (16 October 1919-12 February 1920 Land and Water; 1920), seems clearly to reflect World War One (Shanks, who was invalided from front line combat in 1915, was a war poet). The novel applies Suspended Animation to take a man 150 years onwards from a strife-torn 1924 into a depopulated, seemingly pastoral London, but he soon discovers that the ...

Roshwald, Mordecai

(1921-2015) Polish-born academic and author, in Palestine/Israel 1934-1955, afterwards in the US. He is best known for his first sf novel, Level 7 (1959; text restored 2004), which is deeply coloured by political concern about our nuclear civilization. A military officer describes his feelings and duties from within a great Underground bomb shelter, 4000 feet below the world gradually being demolished above him as World War Three escalates. He is expected to activate the nuclear destruction of ...

Jungle Captive

Film (1945; vt The Jungle Captive). Universal Pictures. Directed by Harold Young. Written by Dwight V Babcock and M Coates Webster from a story by Babcock. Cast includes Phil Brown, Jerome Cowan, Rondo Katton, Otto Kruger, Vicky Lane and Amelita Ward. 63 minutes. Black and white. / A sequel to Captive Wild Woman (1943) and Jungle Woman (1944), with no members of the original casts; even the Ape Woman is played by a different actress (Lane). Eminent biochemist Dr Stendahl (Kruger) ...

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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