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Frozen Alive

Film (1964; original title Der Fall X701). Alfa Films/Feature Film Corporation of America (US), Butcher's Film Service (UK). Directed by Bernard Knowles. Written by Evelyn Frazer. Cast includes Marianne Koch, Delphi Lawrence, Walter Rilla, Joachim Stein and Mark Stevens. 81 minutes. Black and white. / Dr Frank Overton (Stevens) is working on Suspended Animation at the Low Temperature Research Laboratory (see ...

Bannerman, Alexander

(1871-1934) UK aviator and author in whose right-wing Near Future dreadful warning tale, Leaders of the Blind (1921), Communists foment a revolution in Britain. [JC]

Suspended Animation

The notion of suspended animation is one of the oldest literary devices in sf, by virtue of its convenience as a means of Time Travel into the future (see also Sleeper Awakes). It is used in Utopian romances like L S Mercier's Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred (trans 1772), Mary Griffith's ...

Fairman, Paul W

(1909-1977) US editor and author in several genres, including crime stories and erotica; active from around 1947. His first published sf story was "No Teeth for the Tiger" for Amazing in February 1950, and for some years thereafter he was a regular contributor to the Ziff-Davis magazines under his own name, the pseudonyms Robert Lee and Mallory Storm, and various house pseudonyms (see House Names), ...

Carr, Wallace

Pseudonym of UK author Reginald Aubrey Gibbin (1890-1973), mostly of romances for teenage girls, active from around 1930; he is of some sf interest for The Grotto of Arratsu (1940), whose two young protagonists discover a Lost Race on an unknown Island in the Atlantic Ocean, where great gates in the eponymous Underground grotto once opened the way to Atlantis ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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