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Meyer, J A

(?   -    ) Author of a few solo short stories beginning with "Guess Again" (May 1951 Astounding), and two collaborations with Alan E Nourse: the short "The Sign of the Tiger" (May 1958 Amazing) which was expanded as the sf novel The Invaders Are Coming! (May 1958 Amazing as "The Sign of the Tiger"; 1959; vt The Sign of the Tiger 2011). This novel is set in an isolationist future America thrown into turmoil by the theft of nuclear fuel from an atomic plant, ...

Orlacs Hände

1. Film (1924; vt The Hands of Orlac). Pan Film. Directed by Robert Wiene. Written by Louis Nerz, based on Les mains d'Orlac (15 May-12 July 1920 L'Intransigeant; 1921; trans as The Hands of Orlac 1929; new trans 1981) by Maurice Renard. Cast includes Carmen Cartellieri, Fritz Kortner, Alexandra Sorina and Conrad Veidt. 92 minutes, cut to 70 minutes. Black and white. / In this Austrian film from the director of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1919), a pianist whose injured hands have been ...

Komatsu Sakyō

(1931-2011) Pseudonym of Minoru Komatsu, a Japanese author and essayist widely regarded as the premier sf writer of his country. He began producing work of interest in 1949 with several Manga under the pseudonym Minoru Mori; none of these has appeared in English format. After publishing Fanzine fiction in 1952, he drifted into the professional field in the late 1950s, in genre Magazines and Japanese newspapers alike, as well as text stories in magazines otherwise devoted to comics, such as ...

Boyce, Chris

Working name of Christopher Boyce (1943-1999), Scottish author and newspaper research librarian who reportedly published his first sf, "Autodestruct", in 1964 in an issue of Storyteller Contest or International Storyteller which has not been traced (see Storyteller). A further and better established genre sale was "The Rig" (September 1966 SF Impulse). Boyce's most important work was the sf novel Catchworld (1975), joint winner (with Charles Logan's Shipwreck [1975]) of the Gollancz/Sunday ...

Allen, Arthur Bruce

(1903-1975) UK author whose The Pyromaniac (1938) uninterestingly features the use of a heat-operated Ray Gun. [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. 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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