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Frontiere, Dominic

(1931-2017) US composer and musician, a child prodigy who had studied several instruments by the age of four and played a solo arrangement in Carnegie Hall when twelve. He arranged the music for numerous films beginning with Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956); he is best remembered for his highly innovative theme and incidental music for the first season of the classic US Television series The Outer Limits (1963-1965), for which he employed a large orchestra. A close associate of executive producer ...

Postman, The

Film (1997). Warner Bros presents a Tig production. Directed by Kevin Costner. Written by Brian Helgeland and Eric Roth, based on the novel The Postman (fixup 1985) by David Brin. Cast includes Scott Bairstow, Daniel von Bergen, Kevin Costner, Roberta Maxwell, Ron McLarty, Will Patton, Tom Petty, Giovanni Ribisi, James Russo, Joe Santos, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams and Brian Anthony Wilson. Colour. 170 minutes. / The Optimism of a small-town, Ruined Earth America is restored by a ...

Holmes, Jeffrey

(1934-2007) UK-born author and journalist, long resident in Canada, whose Near Future sf novel, Farewell to Nova Scotia (1974), makes ironical and Satirical use of a natural Disaster which cuts Nova Scotia off from the mainland. [JC]

Cummings, M A

(1914-1999) US author of romances as Monette Cummings, and of short stories in various genres, her work of genre interest beginning with "The Brides of Ool" in Planet Stories in 1955. Her collection is Exile and Other Tales of Fantasy (coll 1968), which contains some Planetary Romances. [JC]

Monster World

1. Letter-size Cinema Magazine in perfect-bound format, printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Warren Publishing Editor: Forrest J Ackerman. Ten issues, November 1964 to September 1966. Publication was nominally bimonthly but in fact sporadic. / Monster World was an attempt at a companion title to Famous Monsters of Filmland, and was almost identical to its parent magazine. Sales were much lower than expected, however, and it soon folded. The publisher James Warren retroactively ...

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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