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Byatt, Henry

(?1855-1934) UK playwright and author, born Harry Byatt Robinson, which he shortened by deed poll to Harry Byatt in 1900; little is known of him beyond his published works, which include meretricious dramas set to music like The Golden Age; or, Pierrot's Sacrifice: An Original Idyllic Musical Play (1898 chap), which sentimentally transposes Pierrot into the Golden Age of a much earlier tradition, or The Testament of Judas (1908), a fantasy about Judas Iscariot. Purple and White: A Romance ...

Walsh, Rupert

(?   -?   ) UK author whose Future War tale, The Fate of the Triple Alliance: A Jeu d'Esprit (1890 chap), roughly predicts the pattern of European alliances whose clash helped launch World War One, though he was less successful in his prediction of the Weapons used, which include electric bayonets and paper armour. This may be due to the author's Satirical bent. [JC]

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Film (1989). Paramount. Directed by William Shatner. Written by David Loughery from a story by Shatner, Harve Bennett, Loughery. Cast includes Persis Khambatta and the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Laurence Luckinbill. 107 minutes. Colour. / A visibly middle-aged, overweight crew enact a tepid melodrama in which the Enterprise is hijacked by a charismatic Vulcan healer, Sybok (Luckinbill), in search of God, who not unlike the Wizard of Oz proves fraudulent. ...

Vidal, Gore

(1925-2012) US author, from the 1950s until 2003 resident in Italy, of specific interest in the context of this encyclopedia for a surprising range of works of the fantastic, though his cavalier intimacy with his material makes it hard to think of him as a Mainstream Writer of SF; he is also of interest for several volumes of essays, beginning with Rocking the Boat (coll 1962) and assembled with new material as United States: Essays 1952-1992 (coll 1993), which contains essays on a large number ...

Wasei King Kong

["Japanese King Kong"] Film (1933 Japan). Shōchiku. Directed by Torajirō Saitō. Written by Akira Fushimi. Cast includes Hiroko Koizumi, Kotarō Sekiguchi, Nagamasa Yamada and Isamu Yamaguchi. Circa 35 minutes. Black and white. / Jobless ne'er-do-wells Kōichi (Yamada) and Santa (Yamaguchi) find a lucrative new side-show business, recreating the recent movie King Kong (1933) onstage with Santa in a gorilla costume, swatting at toy planes. However, when Santa sees his ...

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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