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Cox, Joan

(1942-    ) US rancher and author whose first sf novel, Mindsong (1979), features a planet terraformed into a Hellenic Eden (see Utopia). Her second, Star Web (1980), is somewhat less engaging. [JC] see also: Faster Than Light. /

Chikyū Bōeigun

Film (1957; vt The Mysterians; vt Earth Defense Force). Toho/MGM. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura, based on a story by Jojiro Okami. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara and Yumi Shirakawa. 89 minutes. Colour. / This Japanese sf Pulp epic is about Alien invaders, their own planet destroyed by nuclear Holocaust, who land in Japan seeking women for breeding purposes. Its memorable images, best observed at midnight in a drive-in cinema, include a giant birdlike ...

Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

Film (1966; vt Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.). AARU. Directed by Gordon Flemyng. Written by Milton Subotsky, based on a six-episode Doctor Who television story by Terry Nation, The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964). Cast includes Bernard Cribbins, Jill Curzon, Peter Cushing and Roberta Tovey. 84 minutes. Colour. / This was the second movie made by coproducers Milton Subotsky and Max J Rosenberg to cash in on the popularity of the Doctor Who television series, the first being Dr Who and the Daleks ...

Peck, Bradford

(1853-1935) US businessman – he was President of a department store in Lewiston, Maine – and author of The World a Department Store: A Story of Life under a Cooperative System (1900), a Sleeper Awakes tale written under the influence of Edward Bellamy; the protagonist, revived in 1925, find himself in the great Cooperative City of Maine, a Utopia built in the shape of an invariant grid; a moderately coercive form of brotherly love and social equity guarantees that no one goes ...

Healy, Raymond J

(1907-1997) US editor who, in collaboration with J Francis McComas, compiled the 35-story, thousand-page Adventures in Time and Space: An Anthology of Modern Science-Fiction Stories (anth 1946; cut 1952; differently cut 1953; cut vt Selections from Adventures in Time and Space 1954; recut vt More Adventures in Time and Space: Selections from Adventures in Time and Space 1955; text restored, vt Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space 1957), which remains a definitive ...

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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