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Black Scorpion

US tv series. (2001). Chum Television for the Sci Fi Channel. Created by Roger Corman and Craig J Nevius. Directors included Tim Andrew, David Blass, Gwyneth Gibby and Rob Spera. Writers included Steve Gentile, Nick Guthe and Malcolm Stephens. Cast includes BT (Brandon Terrell), Michelle Lintel and Scott Valentine. 22 60-minute episodes. Colour. / Police detective Darcy Walker (Lintel) works in Angel City, a thinly disguised Los Angeles (see California). Her father is shot dead by the ...


The charismatic, goddess-like female ruler – usually referred to as "She" or "She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed" – in the Ayesha sequence by H Rider Haggard, opening with She: A History of Adventure (October 1886-January 1887 The Graphic; cut 1886; full text 1887). Ayesha clearly combines aspects of Aphrodite and Isis, being imperious, ravishing and potentially Immortal; but vulgarized echoes can also be detected of the primal Greek goddess Kore, the Eleusinian Demeter/Persephone dyad whose ...

Smith, George B

(1848-?   ) US author whose Noah's Confession (1898) plays surprisingly fast and loose – certainly in terms of nineteenth-century American attempts at popular fiction – with the Bible (see Religion). Here Noah is a citizen of Atlantis, responsible for a series of forbidden nautical Inventions, including the ark in which he and his lover survive the sinking of their land. Later, having migrated, Noah and his family face a second Deluge. The tale seems to have been ...

Television Anthology Series

The Television anthology series, with each segment presenting a new genre story or adaptation of some existing story, has frequently been attempted with varying degrees of success. The term is also applied to the format in which a regular slot with its own title hosts multiple series or serials, as with Cliffhangers (1979) below. Series which receive full or cross-reference entries in this encyclopedia are, in chronological order: / Lights Out (1946-1952); Out There (1951-1952); Tales of ...

Orkow, Ben

(1896-1988) Russian-born author, in US from 1906 and naturalized in 1924, mostly of plays and film scripts; he also wrote as B Harrison Orkow. In his sf novel When Time Stood Still (1962) a couple travel via Suspended Animation to 2007 CE, where advances in Medicine may offer a cure to her fatal disease. [JC]

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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