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Head, The

Film. (1959 as Die Nackte und der Satan; 1961 US). Rapid Films/Trans-Lux Distributing Corporation. Produced by Wolf C Hartwig. Directed by Victor Trivas. Written by Trivas. Masks made by Karl Hanoszek. Cast includes Dieter Eppler, Horst Frank, Karin Kernke, Christiane Maybach, Helmut Schmid and Michel Simon. 97 minutes. Black and white. / Professor Abel (Simon) has perfected a means of keeping dogs' severed heads alive with the help of his Invention, Serum Z. Using this, he hopes to benefit ...

Pincher, Chapman

(1914-2014) Indian-born biologist, journalist, and author of some fiction and considerable journalism; in the UK after 1918, where he began publishing nonfiction books of popular science in the 1940s. In his first sf novel, Not with a Bang (1965), an anti-age Drug brings Immortality and eternal youth to the western nations, only for the USSR to poison the immortals with nuclear radiation, turning them into wizened gnomes who opt for mass suicide while the as-yet-untreated young look on in ...

Roberts, James Hall

Pseudonym of US author Robert Lipscomb Duncan (1927-1999), which he used for some thrillers at the edge of the fantastic, including The Burning Sky (1966), a Lost Race tale set in the Sonora Desert of Arizona, where remnants of the highly-civilized Hohokam civilization have survived in secret. [JC]

Lathrop, George Parsons

(1851-1898) Hawaiian-born author, in US from childhood; his nonfiction appreciation of Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Study of Hawthorne (1876), and his editing of editions of Hawthorne's work, was perhaps intensified by his marriage to the author's daughter in 1871. Lathrop is of sf interest for "In the Deep of Time" (3 March 1897 English Illustrated Magazine), a novella-length tale written "in Collaboration with Thomas A Edison", in which a young man awakens from Suspended Animation in the year 2200, ...

Venning, Hugh

Pseudonym of Egyptian-born author Claude van Zeller (1905-1984), apparently in the UK from an early age, whose The End: A Projection, Not a Prophecy (1947) envisages, in 2050 CE, a Dystopian (though scientifically advanced) England surrounded by a worse world under the dominion of 666, who rules the Greater Roman Empire and is defeated at the last moment (Venning had become a Benedictine monk in 1934) by the hosts of the Lord. [JC]

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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