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Hideous Sun Demon, The

Film (1959; vt Blood on His Lips UK; vt Terror from the Sun; vt The Sun Demon). Clarke-King Enterprises/Pacific International Enterprises. Produced by Robert Clarke. Directed by Clarke and Tom Boutross. Written by E S Seeley Jr with additional dialogue by Doane R Hoag from an original idea by Clarke and Phil Hiner. Monster costume by Richard Cassarino (uncredited). Cast includes Robert Clarke, Fred La Porta, Patricia Manning, Nan Peterson, Peter Similuk and Patrick Whyte. 74 minutes. Black and ...

Man from Atlantis, The

US tv series (1977-1978). Solow Productions for NBC TV. Created by Lee Katzin (who also directed the first episode). Special effects by Tom Fisher. Cast includes Victor Buono, Patrick Duffy and Belinda J Montgomery. The first four episodes, 90-minute telefilms, were followed by 13 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Following a violent storm at sea, a green-eyed stranger (Duffy) with gills and webbed hands is found nearly dead on a beach. He is revived by the attractive female Scientist Dr ...

Galactic Lens

This term, from Astronomy, makes frequent appearance in sf. It refers to the fact that our Galaxy is (like many others) approximately lens-shaped – it is a disc containing spiral arms, but like a lens it has a central bulge. Our own position in the Galaxy is quite a long way from the core; when we look towards the centre of the "lens", the direction in which the stars are clustered most thickly, we see the so-called Milky Way. Towards the outer rim of the "lens", stars are comparatively ...

Johnson, E A

(1860-1944) US author, who may have changed his middle name from Austin to Augustus after gaining his freedom (Austin probably being the name of his owner); in his little-known Utopia, Light Ahead for the Negro (1904), set a century hence, the South is segregated in favour of Blacks. Johnson, who was African American, also wrote histories of Black life in America, and a work of Anthropology, Adam vs Apeman and Ethiopia (1931). [JC]

Milton, Saba

(?   -    ) UK author of Garganette: The Amazing Story of a Giant Female (1991), a Fabulation whose roots lie in a Parody of François Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-1552 plus a posthumous text of dubious authenticity 1564); the effect is sometimes charming, but necessarily forced. [JC]

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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