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Film (1995). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Alien designs by H R Giger. Written by Dennis Feldman. Cast includes Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina and Forest Whitaker. 108 minutes. Colour. / Radio transmissions from an extraterrestrial race are intercepted on Earth. They contain a DNA sequence and instructions for combining it with our own. American scientists use the data to genetically engineer (see Genetic Engineering) ...

MacHarg, William

(1872-1951) US author, of sf interest for The Achievements of Luther Trant (coll of linked stories 1910) with Edwin Balmer, who was his brother-in-law (see his entry for details). [JC]

Lewis, Brian

(1929-1978) British artist. After education at a technical school, he worked as a technical artist for Decca Radar until 1960, although he began doing interior art for John Carnell's New Worlds in 1954 and in 1957 began painting covers for that magazine, while also working for its sister magazines Science Fiction Adventures and Science Fantasy. / Although Lewis's early covers were realistic, often foregrounding rather stiff-looking people, his cover for the December 1957 issue of Science ...

Smyth, Clifford

(1866-1943) US editor of the New York Times Book Review 1913-1922, and author of The Gilded Man: A Romance of the Andes (1918), a Lost Race tale featuring the discovery of a living Incan civilization deep Underground beneath the South American Andes, boasting the high Technology necessary to maintain life in this redoubt, the Power Source for this being a miniature burning sun composed entirely of radium (see Elements). The land is ruled by a She figure who had fallen in love with the ...

Hilzinger, J Geo

(1850-1911) UK-born author, in USA from around 1880 and naturalized 1893; his sf novel, The Skystone: A Romance of Prehistoric Arizona. Being Vol I of the Chronicles of Mázacl (1899), is an unusual combination of the Lost Race and the Prehistoric SF modes: the prehistoric civilization of Mázacl, which makes use of strange powers emanating (apparently) from a meteorite, turns out to be the hidden progenitors of both Aztec and Incan civilizations. No further volumes of the ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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