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Radar Men from the Moon

Serial Film (1951). Republic. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Written by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes William Bakewell, Roy Barcroft, Clayton Moore, Aline Towne and George Wallace. 12 episodes totalling 167 minutes. Black and white. / Because of their dangerously thinning atmosphere, the inhabitants of the Moon seek to invade and conquer the Earth; their first step is to send one Moon man to Earth to direct human henchmen to launch a series of destructive attacks using an atomic Ray Gun. ...

Allorge, Henri

(1878-1938) French poet and author, who worked in a civilian capacity for the Ministry of War during World War One, which nevertheless affected him strongly. In his first sf novel, Le Grand Cataclysme: roman du centième siècle (1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Great Cataclysm: A Romance of the Hundredth Century 2011), a great earlier Disaster has created a Ruined Earth, the consequences of which are meditated upon, during a tour of the ruins of Paris (see Ruins and Futurity), ...

Kurland, Michael

(1938-    ) US author who began publishing sf in September 1964 with "Elementary" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction with Laurence M Janifer, and Ten Years to Doomsday (1964) with Chester Anderson. The latter is a lightly written alien-Invasion novel, full of harmless violence in space, in which a planetary society must Uplift itself to fend off the foe. Kurland may also be an uncredited collaborator on Laurence M Janifer's The Wonder War (1964), as is suggested ...

Spofford, Harriet Prescott

(1835-1921) US author, much of whose work was Fantasy or Supernatural Fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], beginning with her first novel, Sir Rohan's Ghost: A Romance (1860) anonymous. Several tales of interest are assembled as "The Amber Beads" and Other Stories (coll 1989), its title story – "The Amber Beads" (January-February 1860 Atlantic Monthly), which is her first publication – taking the form of an exceedingly intense interior monologue on the part ...

Barker, Dennis

(1929-2015) UK journalist and author, active in the former capacity from the mid-1940s, much of his career being with the Guardian. Of his novels, Winston Three Three Three (1987) is of interest, being set in a distant Near Future Britain, part of a Communist Europe-spanning Russian empire half a century or so hence. The tale focuses on the eponymous Winston's search for the original Winston One through a colonized land that does not, in fact, closely resemble the Dystopia inhabited by sf's ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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