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Butler, Robert Olen

(1945-    ) US author, much of whose early work intensively capitalized on his experience in the American Army Military Intelligence in Vietnam 1969 to 1972, when he learned to speak Vietnamese. Countrymen of Bones (1983) offers just short of literal Fantastika some analogies between an archaeological mystery and nuclear tests. Some of his later work – like the stories assembled in Tabloid Dreams (coll 1996), each story narrated by someone who has literally experienced ...

Thirty Foot Bride of Candy Rock, The

Film (1959). Columbia Pictures. Produced by Lewis J Rachmill. Directed by Sidney Miller. Written by Rowland Barber, Arthur Ross and Lawrence L Goldman from an original story by Jack Rabin and Irving Block. Special effects by Rabin, Block, and Louis DeWitt. Cast includes Lou Costello, Gale Gordon and Dorothy Provine. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Arnie Pinsetter (Costello) is a scrap dealer and amateur Scientist in love with Emmy Lou Raven (Provine). However, he refuses to marry her until ...

Lofting, Hugh

(1886-1947) UK civil engineer and author, mostly in the USA from 1912, though he joined the Irish Guards in 1916, was severely wounded in 1917 and invalided out. It was during his period in the trenches that – like some other central creators of twentieth century fantasy, including J R R Tolkien (see World War One) – he began to create a fantasy universe, at least in part to sidestep a world that had gone catastrophically wrong; Lofting's response was to draft early versions of ...

Dennis, Geoffrey

(1892-1963) UK author whose fantasy Harvest in Poland (1925; rev 1931) bases its augurs of a grim future for Europe on the decay of civilization demonstrated by the horrors of World War One, in which he served. The Devil and X Y Z (1937) with Hilary Aidan St George Saunders, writing together as Barum Browne [for Saunders see Francis Beeding], is a supernatural thriller featuring, as does its predecessor, battles against diabolic possession. The End of the World (1930), despite its sf-like ...

Daybreakers

Film (2010). Lionsgate and Film Finance Corporation Australia present a Lionsgate/Paradise production in association with the Pacific Film and Television Commission and Furst films. Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Cast includes Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Claudia Karvan and Sam Neill. 98 minutes. Colour. / Above-average sf Vampire film set in a Near Future where a viral Pandemic has turned most of the human race into nocturnal photophobic Immortals, who farm the dwindling ...

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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