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Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Setting Sun: An Ante-Dated Picture for a People (1904), a spoof Future War tale in which Britain defeats East Midasland; the Satire is no more taxing than that found in P G Wodehouse's better-known The Swoop (1909). [JC]

Starcrash

Film (1978; vt The Adventures of Stella Star). Original Italian title Scontri stellari oltre la terza dimensione. Nat and Patrick Wachsberger Productions/New World Pictures. Directed by Lugi Cozzi (credited as Lewis Coates). Written by Cozzi and Nat Wachsberger with additional dialogue by R A Dillon. Cast includes Marjoe Gortner, David Hasselhoff, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, Joe Spinell and Robert Tessier. 92 minutes. Colour. / Stella Star (Munro) and her humanoid Alien friend ...

Eakins, William

(1944-    ) US civil servant who specialized in environmental health issues, and author of Key West, 2720 A.D. (1989), a novel set in Florida in a gay context (see Gender; Sex); this life is threatened. Eakins should not be confused with the short-fiction author William R Eakin (see Neverworlds). [JC]

Flytrap

US Amateur Magazine published and edited by Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw from Oakland, California, via the Tropism Press imprint in US quarto format, usually around 40 pages. It was started simply for fun, with a main run of ten issues, usually two per year tied in with one or another sf Convention (where most of its 200 or so sales were made), from November 2003 to November 2008. Several years elapsed before a further issue appeared: #11 dated March 2014. / Besides a regular column by Nick ...

Three Stooges Meet Hercules, The

Film (1962). Normandy Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Norman Maurer. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Elwood Ullman from a story by Maurer. Cast includes Samson Burke, John Cliff, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, George N Neise, Quinn Redeker, Emil Sitka and Vicki Trickett. 89 minutes. Black and white. / Working at Dismal's Drug Store in New York, the Stooges – Moe (Howard), Larry (Fine), and Curly Joe (DeRita) – meet eccentric inventor Schuyler Davis ...

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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