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Hall, G Stanley

(1844-1924) US psychologist and author whose early acceptance of the theory of Evolution influenced his early studies in education and childhood development (see Psychology), which he interprets as a period of "Storm and Stress" within a rigorously defined arena: an only child (he claimed, for instance, obtusely) is "a disease in itself". His overall characterization of childhood as riven by conflicts with parents, mood disorders, and high-risk behaviour has seemed increasingly convincing, ...

Omega Man, The

Film (1971). Warner Bros. Directed by Boris Sagal. Written by John William Corrington, Joyce H Corrington, based on I Am Legend (1954) by Richard Matheson. Score by Ron Grainer. Cast includes Rosalind Cash, Charlton Heston and Anthony Zerbe. 98 minutes. Colour. / This is the second film version of Matheson's ultra-Paranoia novel, the first being L' Ultimo Uomo della Terra (1964; vt The Last Man on Earth). "The first one was very poorly done," said Matheson, himself a screenwriter, "but it ...

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

US juvenile tv series (1976). Created by Ken Spears, and Joe Ruby. Produced by Sid and Marty Kroft Television Productions for ABC-TV. Cast includes Norman Alden, Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis. Directors included Walter C Miller, Jack Regas. Writers included Duane Poole, Dick Robbins. Eight 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Lori (Hall) and Judy (Strangis) – no last name is given for either – are magazine writers living in a modest ranch home in an unspecified US state, apparently in ...

Wild Palms

US tv miniseries (1993). American Broadcasting Company/Greengrass Enterprises/Ixtlan. Created and written by Bruce Wagner. Executive producers Wagner and Oliver Stone. Six hours. The first two-hour episode "Everything Must Go" directed by Peter Hewitt; the next one-hour episode "The Floating World" directed by Keith Gordon; the next one-hour episode "Rising Sons" directed by Kathryn Bigelow; the next one-hour episode "Hungry Ghosts" directed by Keith Gordon; the last one-hour episode "Hello, I ...

Shanks, Edward

(1892-1953) UK editor, poet and author in various genres whose Scientific Romance, The People of the Ruins: A Story of the English Revolution and After (16 October 1919-12 February 1920 Land and Water; 1920), seems clearly to reflect World War One (Shanks, who was invalided from front line combat in 1915, was a war poet). The novel applies Suspended Animation to take a man 150 years onwards from a strife-torn 1924 into a depopulated, seemingly pastoral London, but he soon discovers that the ...

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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