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Before I Hang

Film (1940). Columbia Pictures Corporation. Produced by Wallace MacDonald (uncredited). Directed by Nick Grinde. Written by Robert D Andrews from an original story by Andrews and Karl Brown. Cast includes Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes and Edward Van Sloan. 62 minutes. Black and white. / Dr John Garth (Karloff) is working to reverse the ageing process (see Rejuvenation), His research is interrupted by his conviction of murder after assisting the death of an elderly, terminally ill friend whose ...

Darlton, Clark

Pseudonym of German author, translator and editor Walter Ernsting (1920-2005); he also wrote as F MacPatterson. In the 1950s he edited the German Utopia-Magazin (launched 1955), providing it with much original and translated material, usually as Clark Darlton (English sf writers found it easier to publish in German than did German writers; for some time Ernsting sold his stories as translations from the Clark Darlton originals); his first sf publication, Ufo am Nachthimmel ["UFO in the Night ...

Agell, Charlotte

(1959-    ) Swedish-born author, raised in Canada and Hong Kong, in US from 1977. Author of several picture books for younger children, and of Shift (2008), a Young Adult novel set in a Dystopian America, some time after a nuclear Holocaust has devastated the Eastern Seaboard; fundamentalist Christianity (see Religion) has taken over the government, as punitively as usual in tales of this sort. Evolution is a forbidden topic. Fortunately, a revolution is brewing in Maine. ...

Sherwood, Martin

(1942-2011) UK author with a PhD in organic chemistry; editor of Chemistry & Industry. His sf novels are Survival (1975) and Maxwell's Demon (1976); in the latter, Aliens invade humans, thus putting them to sleep. [JC]

Van Greenaway, Peter

Almost certainly the working name of UK lawyer, actor, scriptwriter and author Arthur Greenaway (1927-1988), according to information obtained by Steve Holland; he focused on fiction from about 1960. Though he never became known as a genre writer, much of his work was sf (see Horror in SF), including his first novel, The Crucified City (1962), a Post-Holocaust story set in a devastated London after a nuclear bomb has been dropped, and his second, The Evening Fool (1964), which carries its ...

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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