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7 Faces of Dr Lao

Film (1964). George Pal Productions/MGM. Produced and directed by George Pal. Written by Charles Beaumont, based on The Circus of Dr Lao (1935) by Charles Finney. Cast includes Noah Beery Jr, Barbara Eden, John Ericson, Arthur O'Connell and Tony Randall. 99 minutes. Colour. / The film is Fantasy, but warrants inclusion here as the work of a celebrated sf producer, based on an often-reprinted novel by an author much loved by sf readers. The hero of the film is really William Tuttle, whose ...

Clones

A clone is a group of individuals comprising the asexually produced offspring of a single individual. A pair of identical twins is a clone because the twin cells are produced by the asexual fission of the fertilized ovum. Asexual reproduction is very common among protozoa and some groups of invertebrates, but is much rarer in vertebrates. The possibility of cloning humans by transplanting the nucleus of a somatic cell from a donor into an ovum which can then be replaced in a host womb has ...

Newman, Robert

(1909-1998) US Radio scriptwriter and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "I Belong to the Beast" in Horror Stories for June 1935, and who was active from around 1940 in radio; some early work appeared as by Roger Howard Norton, Robert Howard Norton and Rogers Howard Norton. His early novels – including Identity Unknown (1945) and The Enchanter (1962), the latter a thriller – were nonfantastic, and directed to adult readers. He remains best known for the Tertius ...

Galaxy Science Fiction Novels

A companion series to Galaxy Science Fiction. The first 31 issues of these numbered books, which resembled magazines, were published irregularly, 1950-1957, in Digest format, and a further four, 1957-1959, were issued in standard paperback format. #1-#7 (1950-1951) were published by World Editions, #9-#35 (1952-1959) by Galaxy Publishing Corp. The series was then taken over by Beacon Books, a publisher specializing in mild pornography, which brought out 11 further issues, #36-#46 (1959-1961), ...

Darwin, Erasmus

(1731-1802) UK physician, philosopher, inventor and poet; grandfather of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and of Francis Galton. Though he was noted as an inventor of devices (both built and theoretical) from water pumps to speaking machines to a mechanical bird (see Inventions), and though his work as an advocate of the sexual classificatory system of Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) (see Biology) was of considerable importance, it is for his speculative Poetry that Darwin is of interest to the sf ...

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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