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Pressfield, Steven

(1943-    ) Trinidad-born screenwriter and author, in US from early childhood; of his several screenplays, those filmed include King Kong Lives (1986) directed by John Guillermin, a Monster film; and Freejack (1992), which is sf. His first novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life (1995), which was unsuccessfully filmed as The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) directed by Robert Redford, hints at a supernatural structuring of the golf match that ...

Chapman, D D

(1926-1992) US zoologist, academic and author of Red Tide (1975) with Deloris Lehman Tarzan (whom see for details). [JC]

Twain, Mark

Pseudonym of US author Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), whose early life and work revolved around the Mississippi River, initially as a steamboat pilot 1857-1861, a job he loved and whose loss because of the outbreak of the Civil War was deeply wounding to him, though he had in fact begun publishing very early, his first piece being "A Gallant Fireman" (16 January 1851 Western Union). His 1860s sojourn in California may have been fruitful – his first fame dates from these years, as ...

Twonky, The

Film (1953). Arch Oboler Productions/United Artists. Directed by Arch Oboler. Written by Oboler, based on "The Twonky" (September 1942 Astounding) by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner). Cast includes Gloria Blondell, Hans Conreid, Billy Lynn, Ed Max and Janet Warren. 72 minutes. Black and white. / After his sanctimonious Five (1951), about survivors of nuclear war, Oboler chose another sf subject for his next film. A creature from the future invades a television set, bringing it alive. The set ...

Meredith, Ellis

(1865-1955) US journalist, suffragist and author, instrumental in gaining the vote for women in Colorado in 1893. Her sf novel, The Master-Knot of Human Fate (1901), focus on a man and woman in a Rocky Mountain enclave who – after a great Disaster has isolated them – may be the only humans left alive (see End of the World; Last Man); but (see Adam and Eve) they are prepared to start the race again, with God's help. [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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