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Film (1961). King Bros/MGM. Directed by Eugene Lourié. Written by John Loring, Daniel Hyatt, based on a story by Lourié and Hyatt. Cast includes William Sylvester, Bill Travers and Vincent Winter. 78 minutes. Colour. / A prehistoric reptile is captured off a small island in the Irish Sea, taken to London and put on show. But the 65ft (20m) creature turns out to be a mere infant, as everyone discovers when its 150ft (45m) Dinosaur mother comes to collect it, demolishing bits of ...

Time Express

US tv series (1979). Warner Brothers Television for NBC-TV. Created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. Produced by Leonard B Kaufman. Directors included Michael Caffey, Alan J Levi. Writers included Pat Fielder, Stephen Kandel. Cast includes Coral Browne, Woodrow Parfrey, William Phipps, Vincent Price and James Reynolds. Four 50-minute episodes. Colour. / The Time Express was a very special railway train apparently owned by Jason and Margaret Winters (Price and Browne), who served as hosts for ...

Lin Yutang

Working name of Chinese-US author, essayist and academic Lin Yü-t'ang (1895-1976), his most important scholarly achievement (in strong contrast to his many volumes of popularized wisdom) being the Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage (1972). In his one sf novel, The Unexpected Island (1955; vt Looking Beyond 1955), refugees from several world Holocausts establish a conservative Ruined Earth Utopia on an isolated Island. [JC]

Wiles, Will

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author whose first novel, Care of Wooden Floors (2012), edges close to the fantastic in its depiction of the experience of interior life in an unnamed European City in terms evocative of the work of Franz Kafka. His second novel, The Way Inn (2014), Equipoisally intermixes Inner Space and Media Landscape topoi in a gonzo rendering of the world-City we inhabit, either now or in the very Near Future, depending on the reader's ...


Pseudonym of Greek composer and performer Evangelos Odysseas Papthanassiou (1943-2022). As a member of the band Aphrodite's Child – whose lead singer was Demis Roussos (Artemios Ventouris-Roussos, 1946-2015) – he was largely responsible for the musical portion of some strenuous global-apocalypse prog rock, notably the band's debut End of the World (1968), and the ambitious double album, 666 (1972). This latter work rock-operatically renders the Biblical book of Revelation into music ...

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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