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Postal Worlds

Games such as Chess have been played by post since at least 1824, when the members of the newly formed Edinburgh Chess Club challenged their London counterparts to a correspondence match, and probably much earlier. These games, however, were played in alternating turns between individual participants, each of whom had a board displaying the current state of play. The concept of a game in which several players submit their orders for a turn to a central moderator, who processes them ...

Flying Saucer Daffy

Short US film (1958). Columbia Pictures. Directed by Jules White. Written by Jack White (screenplay) and Warren Wilson (story). Cast includes Joe Besser, Gail Bonney, Diana Darrin, Larry Fine, Moe Howard Bek Nelson, and Emil Sitka. Seventeen minutes. Black and white. / After Joe (Besser) accidentally photographs a paper plate tossed into the sky, the other members of the Three Stooges, Moe (Howard) and Larry (Fine), take credit for the photograph and are given a $10,000 prize for providing ...

Meyers, Richard S

(1953-    ) US author who publishes also as Wade Barker. His sf novels are of relatively little interest, though the Doomstar sequence – Doom Star (1978; rev vt Doomstar 1985) and Doom Star Number Two (1979; rev vt Return to Doomstar 1985) – are moderately entertaining Space Operas. The Book of the Undead is horror [see Checklist]. Stan Lee Presents the Incredible Hulk in Cry of the Beast (1979) is a Tie to the Incredible Hulk universe. Of more interest are his ...

Stratemeyer Syndicate

Story factory or fiction packager operated by Edward Stratemeyer (whom see) and subsequently (after his death in 1930) by his daughters Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and Edna Stratemeyer Squier. From 1906, beginning with the Boys of Business sequence as by Allen Chapmen and the Boy Hunters tales as by Stratemeyer himself writing as by Captain Ralph Bonehill, the Syndicate generated hundreds of boys' and girls' books in such popular series as The Bobbsey Twins, mostly by Lilian Garis (1873-1954) as ...

End of the World, The [film 2]

Danish silent film (1916; original title Verdens Undergang; vt The Flaming Sword). Nordisk Film. Directed by August Blom. Written by Otto Rung. Cast includes Olaf Fønss, Johanne Fritz-Petersen, Frederik Jacobsen, Thorleif Lund, Ebba Thomsen and K Zimmerman. 77 minutes. Black and white. / Rumours that the new Comet discovered by astronomer Professor Wisemann (Zimmerman) will shortly hit the Earth leads to a stock market collapse. Wisemann's cousin, industrialist Frank Stoll ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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