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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Film (1948). Universal-International Pictures. Directed by Charles T Barton. Produced by Robert Arthur. Screenplay by John Grant, Robert Lees and Frederic I Rinaldo, using characters created by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Bram Stoker. Cast includes Bud Abbott, Lenore Aubert, Charles Bradstreet, Lon Chaney Jr, Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Jane Randolph, Glenn Strange and Vincent Price (uncredited, voice only). 83 minutes. Black and white. / The first and probably best of several Universal ...

Ahmed, Samira

(?   -     ) Indian-born author in US from childhood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Brains Don't Smell" in Entropy Mag for 2016. She is of sf interest for her second novel, the Young-Adult Interment (2019), set in an American very Near Future difficult to distinguish from the tale's year of publication. Young men and women identified as ethnically unsound through surveys are imprisoned in interment camps, their fate not easily to be ...

Franson, Robert Wilfred

(?   -    ) US author of the Overflight sequence beginning with The Shadow of the Ship (1983; rev 2014), set in a universe where interstellar travel is accomplished through a kind of Parallel World desert, by caravans; a disparate group of human-like voyagers trek across this desert – demonstrating the virtues of a communal variety of libertarianism (see Libertarian SF) as they go – in search of what seems to be a crashed Spaceship. Franson also ...

Delmotte, Henri-Florent

(1798-1836) Belgian notary, bibliographer and author, of sf interest for Voyage pittoresque et industriel dans le Paraguay-Roux et la Palingénésie australe par Tridace-Nafé-Théobrome de Kaout't'chouk ["A Picturesque and Industrial Voyage to Paraguay-Roux and Southern Palingénésie by Tridace-Nafé-Théobrome de Kaout't'chouk"] [for full title see below] (1835 chap), a Satire of Belgian politics couched in the form of a Fantastic Voyage to the ...

Williams, Emlyn

(1905-1987) Welsh actor, playwright and author, his first plays being performed as early as 1922; several of them have mild inclinations to the supernatural. Headlong (1980), which was filmed as King Ralph (1991) directed by David S Ward, is an Alternate History tale in which an American, Ralph Jones, suddenly succeeds to the British throne after the entire royal family has died in an accident. The story diverges significantly from recent history when the new king successfully reindustrializes ...

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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