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Man Who Turned to Stone, The

Film (1957). Clover Productions/Columbia Pictures. Directed by László Kardos. Produced by Sam Katzman. Written by Bernard Gordon. Cast includes Charlotte Austin, Tina Carver, Paul Cavanagh, Ann Doran, William Hudson, Victor Jory, George Lynn, Victor Varconi, Friedrich von Ledebur (credited as Frederick Ledebur) and Jean Willes. 71 minutes. Black and white. / Social worker Adams (Austin) and her romantic interest, state psychiatrist Dr Jess Rogers (Hudson), grow increasingly ...

Lensman [film]

Japanese animated film (1984; vt Lensman: Secret of the Lens). Original title SF Shinseiki Lensman. Based on E E Smith's Lensman series. Madhouse, MK Productions. Directed by Kazuyuki Hirokawa and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Written by Sōji Yoshikawa. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Seizo Katou, Mami Koyama, Nachi Nozawa, Chikao Ohtsuka and Tadashi Yokouchi. 107 minutes. Colour. / Earth and its allies formed the Galactic Patrol to combat the expansion of the evil Boskone empire (see ...

Tweed, Thomas F

(1890-1940) UK soldier, publisher and author, political advisor to David Lloyd George (1863-1945) from 1927 until his death; this relationship, and his affair with Lloyd George's then mistress (and eventual wife) Frances Stevenson (1888-1972) both figure, transposed to America, in his first sf novel, the Near-Future Rinehard: A Melodrama of the Nineteen-Thirties (1933; vt Gabriel Over the White House: A Novel of the Presidency 1933), filmed as Gabriel Over the White House (1933). The ...

Mason, Gregory

(1889-1968) US doctor and author whose novel, The Green Gold of Yucatan (1926), is a Lost Race tale, and whose sf Dystopia, The Golden Archer: A Satirical Novel of 1975 (1956), is a Satire depicting an America suffering under regimented, McCarthy-like bigotry and Religious strife. This author should not be confused with Gregory Mason, a pseudonym used by Adrienne Jones and Doris Meek for a nonfantastic novel, With Soul So Dead (1956). [JC]

Kerr, Katharine

(1944-    ) US author, best known for her substantial contributions to modern fantasy in the various segments of the Deverry Cycle [see Checklist; see also her entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy]; though her sf is of less inherent interest, the Polar City sequence comprising Polar City Blues (1990) and Polar City Nightmare (2000) with Kate Daniel, competently marries Planetary Romance and the police procedural on a desert world populated by a wide ethnic mix of humans, and ...

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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