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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 ...

Booth, Pat

(1929-2018) New Zealand newspaper journalist (chiefly with The Auckland Star), local-area politician and author, one of whose sixteen books is sf: Long Night Among the Stars (1961) sensitively depicts the human interactions of the crew of a Spaceship in the Near Future. This author should not be confused with the female Pat Booth (1943-2009) who wrote All for Love (1993), a medical fantasy involving a "sexual" woman capable of performing miracles. [JC]

Nicholas, John

(?   -    ) UK author of a book-length Near Future sf poem, Saturnalia in the Suburbs: A Comic Poem (1940 chap), set in 1988 after a mysterious impulse – ordained by the gods, impatient with the tediousness of British life – causes everyone to wander about the countryside naked, abandoning London to a vast conflagration. The mildness of the Satire, and the ease with which the author burns London to the ground, may be explained by the tale's ...

Perfect Woman, The

Film (1949). Two Cities/Eagle-Lion. Directed by Bernard Knowles. Written by George Black, Knowles, based on the play The Perfect Woman (produced 1948; 1950) by Wallace Geoffrey and Basil Mitchell. Cast includes Pamela Devis, Irene Handl, Stanley Holloway, Miles Malleson, Nigel Patrick, Patricia Roc and Constance Smith. 89 minutes. Black and white. / An inventor creates a Robot in the image of his niece and hires a young man to take it out on a date as a final test of its believability. But ...


This potent twentieth-century myth, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in Tarzan of the Apes (October 1912 All-Story; 1914), may seem only marginally sf on the strength of the detail that Tarzan – who is both Lord Greystoke, scion of English aristocracy, and Pastoral lord of the African jungle – was raised by great apes (see Apes as Human). As with other proto-Superheroes, though, Tarzan's long Series of adventures regularly strayed into genuine sf territory. His cartoon-like Africa is ...

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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