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Day of the Triffids, The

1. BBC Radio dramatization (1957) of The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; rev 1951; orig version vt Revolt of the Triffids 1952) by John Wyndham. / 2. Film (1963). Security Pictures/Allied Artists. Directed by Steve Sekely (uncredited), Freddie Francis. Written by Philip Yordan, based on The Day of the Triffids as above by John Wyndham. Cast includes Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Kieron Moore and Janette Scott. 94 minutes. ...

Benson, Stella

(1892-1933) UK author whose first three novels, each with some transfigured autobiographical content, are set in a World War One frame. The first, I Pose (1915) is nonfantastical. In the second, This Is the End (1917), a young woman in London creates a fantasy world to retreat to, causing relatives to scour the countryside for her; but the death in combat of her brother ends her defiance. Of greater interest is her third novel, Living Alone (1919) [for fuller description see her entry in The ...

Flat Earth

The Pseudoscientific belief that the Earth is flat has lingered with a strange persistence, supported mainly by Biblical literalism despite increasingly overwhelming scientific evidence. An important nineteenth-century proponent was the eccentric UK inventor and controversialist Samuel Birley Rowbotham (1816-1884), whose arguments led to the founding in 1884 of the Universal Zetetic Society (publishers of The Earth Not a Globe Review), revived in 1956 as The Flat Earth Society and remaining ...

Cape Canaveral Monsters, The

Film (1960). CCM Productions. Produced by Richard Greer. Directed by Phil Tucker. Written by Tucker from his original idea. Staring Jason Johnson, Katherine Victor, Scott Peters, Linda Connell, Billy Greene. Special effects by Phillip Scheer (credited as Phil Scheer). 69 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of hostile Aliens who in their natural form appear as glowing, circular lights arrive on Earth to sabotage the US space programme. Basing themselves near the Cape Canaveral rocket launch ...

Collectibles

The tangible objects associated with sf that are sought by collectors fall into three categories. First are authentic artefacts from the genre's past, such as old pulp Magazines, Fanzines, Comic books, rare books, manuscripts, original cover paintings (see Illustration), vintage Toys, and film props, costumes, screenplays, animation cells, posters, and Cinema lobby cards. Second are cheap pieces of sf merchandise designed to appeal to fans, such as t-shirts, coffee cups, watches, calendars, ...

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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