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Cochrane, William E

(1926-1993) US author who began publishing sf with "How High on the Ladder?" for Fantasy Book #7 in 1950, writing as Leo Paige. As S Kye Boult from 1971 – a name inspired by his work for Douglas Aircraft on the Skybolt air-to-air missile – and also under his own name from 1973, he began to publish in Analog the hard-edged sf adventures, like "Whalekiller Grey" (October 1973 Analog), for which he became better known. Class Six Climb (1980), told from the viewpoint of a giant ...

Space Master X-7

Film (1958). Regal Films. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Daniel Manwairing, George Worthing Yates, and Edward Bernds (uncredited). Cast includes Joan Barry, Robert Ellis, Paul Frees, Moe Howard, Lyn Thomas, Bill Williams and Rhoda Williams. 71 minutes. Black and white. / An unmanned space probe returns to Earth containing samples of an Alien lifeform. When Scientist Charles Pommer (Frees) begins studying the samples at his house, he is interrupted by his former lover Laura Greeling ...

Perrin, Don

(1964-    ) Canadian author and game designer born in Germany, a former military officer; married to Margaret Weis from 1996 but later divorced. He has contributed to Weis's Dragonlance sequence and other Fantasy Role Playing Game franchises. Of sf interest is the Knights of the Black Earth/Mag Force 7 Space Opera trilogy opening with The Knights of the Black Earth (1995), all three books written with Weis (whom see for further details). [DRL] see also: Prisons; Wing ...

House Names

Floating Pseudonyms invented by a publishing company and regularly made available to or imposed upon its authors. They were usually created to protect a literary or intellectual property owned by the publisher and to which various writers contributed. One of the earliest was "Noname" employed by the publisher Frank Tousey on the Frank Reade and Frank Reade, Jr series of dime novels. The use of house names became particularly prominent when the single-character hero Pulps proved popular, ...

Ultimo Uomo della Terra, L'

Film (1964; vt The Last Man on Earth). La Regina/Alta Vista. Directed by Sidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona. Written by Logan Swanson (pseudonym of Richard Matheson, who disliked the rewrite), William P Leicester, based on Matheson's I Am Legend (1954). Cast includes Franca Bettoia and Vincent Price. 86 minutes. Black and white. / This Italian/US coproduction was the first film version of Matheson's novel about the lone survivor of a Pandemic whose victims become Vampires, a metamorphosis for ...

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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