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Mitchell-Hedges, F A

(1882-1959) UK adventurer and author whose Lost Race novel, The White Tiger (1931), features the discovery of a living Aztec civilization in Mexico. Much of Mitchell-Hedges's nonfiction is colourful, including the narrative of his discovery of a "Crystal Skull", or "Skull of Doom" in Mayan ruins, 17,000 years old, very potent. Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) makes distant use of this artefact. [JC]

Worlds Unknown

Anthology Comic (1973-1975) created by Roy Thomas for Marvel Comics. A high-quality attempt to produce a non-Superhero sf comic, this series featured adaptations of well-known sf stories by such authors as L Sprague de Camp, Harry Bates, Edmond Hamilton, Theodore Sturgeon, and A E van Vogt. The final two issues serialized an adaption of the Ray Harryhausen fantasy film The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974). Creators involved included writer Gerry Conway, and artists Dick Ayers, Gil Kane, and ...

Roessner, Michaela

Working name of US author Michaela-Marie Roessner-Herman (1950-    ), whose first novel, the widely admired Walkabout Woman (1988), is a Fantasy interestingly rooted in Australian Aboriginal mythology; she received the John W Campbell Award for that year. Her second novel, Vanishing Point (1993) is, however, sf. Set in California thirty years after the mysterious disappearance of 90% of the human race, and climaxing in the Keep-like Winchester Mystery House in San ...

Bagi, the Monster of Mighty Nature

Japanese animated tv film (1984). Original title Daishizen no Majū Bagi; vt Baghi. Tezuka Productions. Created, directed and written by Osamu Tezuka. Voice cast includes Masako Ikeda, Kazuhiko Inoue, Saeko Shimazu and Kosei Tomita. 85 minutes. Colour. / In the South American Republic of Monica, Ryosuke Ishigami (Inoue) awaits the Monster who killed his mother. Whilst doing so, he tells his story to a local child: / At 15 he was a member of a Japanese motorcycle gang, his ...

Dixon, Thomas, Jr

(1864-1946) US Baptist minister and author whose The Fall of a Nation: A Sequel to The Birth of a Nation (1915-1916 National Sunday Magazine; 1916) graphically depicts the Near Future Invasion and conquest of the USA by the Imperial Confederation of Europe, dominated by Germany. After years of occupation, a singularly ferocious US womanhood helps the men of the USA expel the enemy. The subtitle refers to the film by D W Griffiths, which was made from Dixon's The Clansman: An Historical Romance ...

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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