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Mole People, The

US film (1956). Universal-International Pictures. Produced by William Alland. Directed by Virgil W Vogel. Written by László Görög. Mole Creature masks by Jack Kevan. Cast includes John Agar, Frank Baxter (introduction only as narrator), Hugh Beaumont, Phil Chambers, Alan Napier, Nestor Paiva and Cynthia Patrick. 77 minutes. Black and white. / The film begins with Dr Frank Baxter delivering a short speech on the Hollow Earth theories of John Symmes and others, ...

Alraune

Film (1928; vt Unholy Love; vt Daughter of Destiny). Ama Film. Directed by Henrik Galeen. Written by Galeen, based on Alraune (1911; trans 1929) by Hanns Heinz Ewers. Cast includes Brigitte Helm, Ivan Petrovich and Paul Wegener. 125 minutes. Black and white. / A professor of genetics (Wegener) conducts a cold-blooded experiment into the Nature-versus-nurture controversy. Using the semen of a hanged man to fertilize a whore, he creates life – a girl baby called Alraune – by ...

Pearson, Drew

Working name of US newspaper and radio columnist Andrew Russell Pearson (1897-1969), famed for effective though sometimes ill-researched muckraking attacks on usually deserving targets; of sf interest is The President (1970), set in a Near Future America where Paranoia and political expediency and assassination attempts have created a Dystopian land, which President Hannaford, after winning an essentially tied election, must attempt to re-establish justice and democracy. [JC]

Noble, Vernon

(1908-1987) UK journalist, broadcaster and author whose Children's SF novel, Cloud Island: A Mystery of the Sky (1949), features a cloud so firm it can be walked upon. The eponymous Mad Scientist in The Case of the Missing Professor (1952) seems to have discovered the secret of Rejuvenation. [JC]

Drumm, Chris

(1949-    ) US bookseller, publisher and bibliographer who has published under the imprint Chris Drumm Booklets a large number of chapbooks containing stories and other work by R A Lafferty and others. Beginning in 1983, his Bibliographies, all arranged with an economic practicality sometimes missing from this field, include works on Algis Budrys, Hal Clement, Thomas M Disch, James E Gunn, Lafferty, Larry Niven, Mack Reynolds, John T Sladek and Richard Wilson; in this ...

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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