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God Told Me To

Film (1976; vt Demon). Larco. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes Sandy Dennis, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Lynch and Deborah Raffin. 89 minutes. Colour. / It is as well that Larry Cohen has his own production company, Larco, since it is impossible to imagine any other company taking on so eccentric a project. This is perhaps the most baroque sf movie ever made. A devout Catholic ...

Crawford, Isabell C

(?   -?   ) Author, possibly Canadian, of The Tapestry of Time (1927), an Atlantis tale which segues through the ill-advised use of atomic energy into the story of the creation of an ill-fated civilization in the Andes (see Lost World), and of another one in Crete, which also ends in tears. [JC]

Slocombe, George

(1894-1963) UK journalist whose first assignment was to report on the sinking of the Titanic in 1912; and author whose Near Future Dictator (1932), set in an imaginary European country, describes the rise of a tyranny there. Escape into the Past (1943) features an artist's wife who Timeslips irrevocably into the seventeenth century. [JC]

Barlow, Jane

(1856-1917) Irish author, often under pseudonyms, including Antares Skorpios (technically a House Name, as her father, James William Barlow, later used that name for an sf novel) and Felix Ryark. A Strange Land (1908) as by Felix Ryark is a Lost Race tale whose protagonist, penetrating a mysterious mist in a tiny boat, comes across the land in question, which is not described ...

Creature from the Black Lagoon, The

Film (1954). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Harry Essex, Arthur Ross, from a story by Maurice Zimm. Cast includes Julia Adams, Ricou Browning (uncredited), Richard Carlson and Richard Denning. 79 minutes. Black and white. 3-D. / A humanoid creature with gills successfully resists attempts by three scientists – attracted to the area by the discovery of a fossilized hand with fins – to take him from his native lagoon in the ...

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. ...



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