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Lancour, Gene

Working name of Gene Louis Fisher (1947-    ), US author of the Sword-and-Sorcery Dirshan, the God-Killer sequence featuring a barbarian warrior strenuously in the service of a goddess: The Lerios Mecca (1973), The War Machines of Kalinth (1977), Sword for the Empire (1978) and The Maneaters of Cascalon (1979). Lancour's next book was sf: The Globes of Llarum (1980) puts a mercenary on the side of rebel independents against a giant corporation on a frontier planet; ...

Stacpoole, H de Vere

(1863-1951) UK medical doctor and author, younger brother of William Henry Stacpoole; best known for his South Sea romances, including non-sf Robinsonades like, most famously, The Blue Lagoon: A Romance (1908), filmed as The Blue Lagoon (1923, 1948, 1950 and 1980), or The Chank Shell: A Tropical Romance of Love and Treasure (1930; vt The Island of Lost Women 1930), which adds hints of a Lost Race. He wrote several weird novels: Pierrot!: A Story (1896), involving an uncanny Doppelganger and ...

Hawkins, Willard E

(1887-1970) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Dead Man's Tale" for Weird Tales in 1923, and whose Castaways of Plenty: A Parable of our Times (1935) is an anti-capitalist Satire set in the Near Future. He continued to publish stories until 1952, the most notable of these perhaps being Look to the Stars (October 1950 Imagination; 2012 dos). [JC/MA]

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

US animated tv series (1981-1983). Marvel Productions for NBC-TV. Based on characters created by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Stan Lee. Produced by Dennis Marks. Directors included Dan Jurwich, Rob Richardson. Writers included Donald F Glut, Marks, Christy Marx and Michael Reaves. Cast includes June Foray, Kathy Garver, Dan Gilezan, Frank Welker and William Woodson. Narrators: Dick Tufeld, then Stan Lee. 24 22-minute episodes. Colour. / Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Gilezan) is attending Empire ...

Dead Zone, The

Film (1983). Dino De Laurentiis Company, Lorimar Film Entertainment. Directed by David Cronenberg. Written by Jeffrey Boam, based on The Dead Zone (1979) by Stephen King. Cast includes Brooke Adams, Jackie Burroughs, Nicholas Campbell, Simon Craig, Colleen Dewhurst, Géza Kovács, Herbert Lom, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt, Sean Sullivan, Christopher Walken and Anthony Zerbe. 103 minutes. Colour. / The Dead Zone is Stephen King's first tale set in and around the imaginary inland ...

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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