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Countdown

Film (1967). William Conrad Productions. Directed by Robert Altman. Written by Loren Mandel, based on The Pilgrim Project (1964) by Hank Searls. Cast includes James Caan and Robert Duvall. 101 minutes cut to 73 minutes for UK. Colour. / A year later, Countdown would have looked like a Space Documentary, for it concerns the first landing on the Moon, which actually took place in 1969. The film's struggle between the USSR and USA to be first to reach the Moon strays from the real-life facts ...

Dobrée, Bonamy

(1891-1974) UK academic and author, in active service during World War One. He is of sf interest for Timotheus: The Future of the Theatre (1925 chap), a contribution to its publisher's To-day and To-morrow series shaped as an excerpt from a Future History told presumably to Dobrée by its unnamed narrator, who had duplicated H G Wells's Time Machine to travel to 2100 CE, and has now returned. The Theatre of this implicitly Dystopian era has become a Psychological weapon in line with the ...

Stewart, Michael

UK author and economist (1933-    ). With Peter Jay (whom see for details) he wrote Apocalypse 2000: Economic Breakdown and the Suicide of Democracy, 1898-2000 (1987). [JC]

Wondrous Web Worlds

US Anthology series published annually from 2001 to the present and edited by J Alan Erwine. The first two volumes were published by Pro Mart Publishing, Carmichael, California, but all subsequent volumes have been published by Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The anthology selects the stories and poems voted by readers as the best in Sam's Dot's Online Magazines: The Fifth Di ..., The Martian Wave and the online edition of the fantasy magazine Aoife's Kiss. This means the series ...

New Moon Quarterly

UK low-paying Amateur Magazine published by Weller Publications, Orpington, Kent and edited by George P Townsend, ostensibly as a fantasy and more experimental companion to Dream Magazine. It saw five, octavo-size issues between June 1987 and Summer 1988. The magazine ran a sizable quota of science fiction amongst its more overt fantasy and occasional light-hearted vignettes. "Blind is the Hand That Fears No Life" (June 1987) by Michael Cobley is a poignant tale of an encounter between an ...

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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