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Walking Dead, The

Film (1936). Warner Brothers Pictures. Produced by Louis F Edelman (uncredited). Directed by Michael Curtiz. Written by Ewart Adamson, Peter Milne, Robert Andrews, and Lillie Hayward from an original story by Adamson and Joseph Fields. Cast includes Marguerite Churchill, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwen and Boris Karloff. 66 minutes. Black and white. / Down-on-his-luck pianist John Elman (Karloff) is framed for a murder by gangsters led by Nolan (Cortez). He is sentenced to death; evidence of ...

Baxter, Gregory

Joint pseudonym of Scottish authors John Ressich (1877-1937) and Eric de Banzie (1894-1986), the latter in active service during World War One. In their Near Future Scientific Romance Blue Lightning (1926) a renegade British lord whose ancestry is foreign (see Yellow Peril) plots worldwide chaos with the aid of a Death Ray: Blacks (see Race in SF) will attack America, from within; other races will assault civilization on other continents. The plot is foiled, though the ray causes some damage ...

Psychotronic Video

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher and Editor Michael J Weldon. 41 issues from 1989 to 2006; quarterly publication schedule. / Following his early-1980s Fanzine entitled Psychotronic TV, publisher Weldon revived the publication in 1989 as a Semiprozine, gaining significant bookshop distribution. The focus was on films and, though to a lesser degree, Television programmes of the past in the Fantasy, Horror and sf genres, though adventure, crime, war ...

Held, Serge

(1892-1969) Ukrainian-born French consulting engineer and author of La Mort du Fer (1931; trans Fletcher Pratt as "The Death of Iron" [September-December 1932 Wonder Stories]), a Disaster tale – a mysterious virus destroys all iron in the world – which leads to a confused collapse of civilization (see Holocaust; Post-Holocaust). [JC]

Rogers, Jane

(1952-    ) UK screenwriter and author of Young Adult novels beginning with Separate Tracks (1983), none of her early work being fantastic, though Island (1999), a mundane fantasia on William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1610-1611), comes close. Mr Wroe's Virgins (1991) – she also scripted the Television version (1993) – is her best known work. Of sf interest is The Testament of Jessie Lamb (2011), set in a Near Future world where a mysterious ...

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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