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Scarborough, Harold E

(1897-1935) US journalist and author, in UK from 1920; of sf interest is The Immortals (1924), in which a serum invented (see Invention) by a Russian Scientist confers Immortality upon selected recipients. But the protagonist's advocacy of his Drug is terminated after the Wandering Jew makes an appearance and describes the terrible cost of not being able to die. [JC]

Romano, Deane

(1927-2011) US author and screenwriter, active in the latter capacity with scripts like "Angels' Flight" (1962). Some of his work dealt with current investigations into parapsychology (see Psi Powers), and his filmscript on this subject was novelized by Louis Charbonneau as The Sensitives (1968). Romano's own sf novel, Flight from Time One (1972), also treated parapsychology, this time in the didactic tale of an elite squad of "astralnauts" whose members take on missions in their astral bodies, ...

Morgan, Joseph

(1671-circa 1742) US minister, entrepreneur and author in various modes. His The History of the Kingdom of Basaruah [for subtitle see Checklist] (1715; cut vt Brief History of the Country of Humanity [for subtitle see Checklist] 1728), as by A Traveller in Basaruah, stands as the first prose fiction written and published in what would become the USA. Though more important as an allegory than as an example of Proto SF, Basaruah does represent the narrative of an Imaginary Voyage to an ...

Creature Walks Among Us, The

Film (1956). Universal. Directed by John Sherwood. Written by Arthur Ross. Cast includes Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason and Leigh Snowden. 78 minutes. Black and white. / This is the second, inferior sequel to The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – the first being Revenge of the Creature (1954); it was not shot in 3-D, and had a new director. Here the Creature is transformed by fire into a land Monster, complete with lungs (and, later, clothes), thereby depriving him of precisely the ...

Chapman, Stepan

(1951-2014) US author who also wrote as Steve Chapman; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Testing ... One, Two, Three, Four" in Analog for December 1969. Some of his better early work was published – along with stories by R A Lafferty, whose deadpan disjunctiveness he shared – in the Original Anthology series Orbit, including "Troika" in Orbit 13 (anth 1974) edited by Damon Knight; this tale was woven with others into his first novel, The Troika (fixup 1997), which won ...

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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