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Houser, Lionel

(1908-1949) US screenwriter, film producer and author of the medical fantasy Caress and Farewell (1934), in which a female surgeon attempts to create a custom lover whose short life will be utterly dedicated to her (see Medicine). [DRL]

X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Film (1963; vt The Man with the X-Ray Eyes). Alta Vista/AIP. Directed by Roger Corman. Written by Robert Dillon, Ray Russell, based on a story by Russell. Cast includes John Dierkes (uncredited), John Hoyt, Ray Milland, Don Rickles, Harold J Stone and Diana Van Der Vlis. 88 minutes cut to 80 minutes. Colour. / A surgeon, Dr James Xavier (Milland), uses an experimental Drug to expand the range of his visual Perception with ultra-violet and X-ray vision, and thus perform operations more ...

Farjeon, J Jefferson

(1883-1955) UK author, son of B L Farjeon (1838-1903) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and younger brother of Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], prolific (often as Anthony Swift) in the detective genre and as a playwright. The Ruritanian Mountain Mystery (1935) depicts the small country of Weldheim, which loses itself to history after World War One, becoming a kind of Lost World. In the frame story of Death of a World (1948), ...

Green, Hilary

(?   -    ) UK author of Centrifuge (1978), a routine sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Golding, Louis

(1895-1958) UK author much of whose work reflected his Jewish descent; Three Ancient Lands: Being a Journey to Palestine (1928) contains an early photographic record of kibbutzim life, and several novels are on Jewish themes, including Magnolia Street (1932). Some of his shorter fiction – like "Pompeii in Massachusetts" (original magazine publication if any not established) from The Doomington Wanderer: A Book of Tales (coll 1934; vt This Wanderer 1935; cut 2vols vt The Call of the Hand ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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