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X the Unknown

Film (1956). Hammer/Warner Bros. Directed by Leslie Norman (replacing Joseph Walton). Written by Jimmy Sangster. Cast includes Edward Chapman, Dean Jagger, William Lucas, Leo McKern and Anthony Newley. 86 minutes, cut to 78 minutes in the USA. Black and white. / In this Hammer sf/Horror film made soon after the success of their The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) – the "X" in both cases ...

Ripley, Karen

Pseudonym of US author Mary K Urhausen (1948-    ) who began publishing work of genre interest with "In Another Land" for If in 1968 as Mary Urhausen, but whose later work is always signed Karen Ripley. It includes the Prisoner of Dreams sequence comprising Prisoner of Dreams (1989) and The Tenth Class (1991), which features the adventures of a female starship-pilot who must cope with repressive authorities and with ...

Aymé, Marcel

(1902-1967) French author and dramatist, not generally thought of as a contributor to the sf field, though several of his best-known novels, such as La jument verte (1933; appalling anonymous trans as The Green Mare 1938; new trans Norman Denny 1955), are fantasies, usually with a satirical point to make about provincial French life. La belle image (1941; trans Norman Denny as The Second Face 1951; new trans Sophie Lewis ...

Bicentennial Man

Film (1999). 1492 Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Laurence Mark Productions, Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Chris Columbus. Starring Embeth Davidtz, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt, Stephen Root, Kiersten Warren, Robin Williams. Written by Nicholas Kazan from The Positronic Man (1992) by Isaac Asimov and Robert ...

Nelson, Blake

(1965-    ) US author for Young Adults whose They Came from Below (2007) features Aliens in human guise who emerge from Under the Sea in a desperate last-ditch attempt to persuade Homo sapiens to preserve the oceans, which are dying of Pollution. [JC]

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. ...

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