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Escape from the Planet of the Apes

Film (1971). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Don Taylor. Written be Paul Dehn, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle. Cast includes Bradford Dillman, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy and William Windom. 97 minutes. Colour. / This is the third of the five Planet of the Apes films. When screenwriter Paul Dehn had been working on the second (Beneath the Planet of the Apes [1970]) he had been told it would be the last, so he decided to end the film by destroying the ...

Lytton, Edward Bulwer

(1803-1873) UK author, known as Edward Lytton Bulwer until 1838, when he was knighted, becoming Sir Edward Bulwer. He became Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1843 when he succeeded to the Knebworth estate on his mother's death, a version of his name often used. More simply, he was also known as Bulwer Lytton; the standard editions of his collected works give his name as Lord Lytton. He became Colonial Secretary in 1858-1859 (he signed the documents creating British Columbia and Queensland), and was ...

Holmberg, John-Henri

(1949-    ) Swedish editor, translator and critic. An sf reader since the age of six, Holmberg became active in Swedish fandom at thirteen, during the following 25 years publishing some 300 issues of Fanzines, chairing sf clubs and several Conventions and in 1977 starting the first sf bookstore in Sweden. For his fan activities, he received the international Big Heart Award at the 2005 Worldcon. In 1973, Holmberg was hired by the Swedish publishers Askild & ...

Boyajian, Jerry

Working name of US bibliographer Jerel Michael Boyajian (1953-    ), whose main work has been the Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1977 (1982 chap), its sequels covering subsequent years from 1978 to 1984, and two companion indexes to semi-professional fantasy magazines – all with Kenneth R Johnson (whom see for details). Boyajian produced A John Schoenherr SF Checklist (1977 chap) with David Stever (see John Schoenherr); and, with Anthony R Lewis and Andrew A ...

Morris, Gouverneur

(1876-1953) US banker, screenwriter and author, great-grandson of the American Founding Father Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), extremely prolific as an author of short fiction. Some of his work is sf and fantasy, beginning with the Prehistoric SF tale, The Pagan's Progress (1904), whose the hero begins to acquire spiritual values through a moment of Transcendence when he understands that life is eternal, though matter is not. The Voice in the Rice (1910) is a marginal Lost Race novel whose ...

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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