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Sheehan, Perley Poore

(1875-1943) US screenwriter, journalist and author responsible for much magazine fiction, though he was initially best known for a play, Efficiency: A Play in One Act (August 1917 McClure's Magazine; vt "Blood and Iron: A Play in One Act" October 1917 Strand; 1917 chap) with Robert Hobart Davis (1869-1942), in which a German Mad Scientist transforms the fatally wounded Soldier 241 into the first unmistakably modern physically "improved" Cyborg in sf, in order better to wage World War One ...

Davies, Murray

(1947-    ) Welsh journalist and author whose sf novel, Collaborator (2003), is a Hitler Wins Alternate History novel set in Britain in 1940 and later, after a successful Nazi Invasion; Winston Churchill has formed a government-in-exile in Canada, while in England the Duke of Windsor has agreed to become Regent. The complex plot involves agents and counter-agents, betrayals and counter-betrayals, all climaxing in the assassination of the appalling Duke in a battered London. ...

Crawling Hand, The

Film (1963). Joseph F Robertson Productions. Directed by Herbert L Strock. Written by Bill Idelson and Herbert L Strock, based on a story by Joseph Cranston, Bill Idelson, and Robert M Young. Cast includes Peter Breck, Alan Hale Jr, Allison Hayes, Les Hoyle, Arline Judge, Rod Lauren, Sirry Steffen and Kent Taylor. 89 minutes. Black and white. / When the second astronaut to land on the Moon, Mel Lockhart (Hoyle), takes off for his return flight, monitors on the ground lose track of his ...

Moon Zero Two

Film (1969). Hammer/Warner Bros. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Written by Michael Carreras. Cast includes Adrienne Corri, Warren Mitchell, James Olson and Catherine von Schell. 100 minutes. Colour. / At the same time as the first actual Moon landing, Hammer Films were making this quasi-Western set on the Moon, envisaged as a rip-roaring Frontier area; the results are absurd. One of the hoariest of pulp Western plots is dressed up with a lot of colourful space hardware: a poor but honest space ...

Disney on Television

Aside from a one-off special in 1950 to promote Alice in Wonderland (1951), the Walt Disney Company's involvement with Television was initially to fund and advertise Disneyland – whose opening ceremony would be broadcast on ABC, watched by 70 million people. ABC had helped fund the park in return for a television series, Walt Disney's Disneyland (1954-1958), which was followed by Walt Disney Presents (1958-1961). Similar shows would run each year on ABC, NBC or CBS until 1983. These shows ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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