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Invasion of the Star Creatures

Film (1962). Alta Vista Productions, American International Pictures. Produced by Berj Hagopian. Directed by Bruno VeSota. Written by Jonathan Haze based on his original story "Monsters from Nicholson Mesa". Cast includes Robert Ball (credited as Bob Ball), Mark Ferris, Frankie Ray, Dolores Reed and Gloria Victor. 70 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of comically inept US Army soldiers, Privates Philbrick (Ball) and Penn (Ray), are ...

Nunes, Claude

(1924-2009) South African statistician and author, most of whose work was in collaboration with his wife Rhoda Nunes (1938-1988). They published their first sf story, "The Problem", in Science Fantasy #52, April 1962, and were active for the next two decades. Inherit the Earth (March 1963 Science Fiction Adventures as by Claude and Rhoda Nunes; exp 1966 dos) was published as by Nunes alone, ...

Wise, Arthur

(1923-1983) UK drama consultant and author, most of whose works were thrillers; he also wrote as by John McArthur and under the non-sf house name Bryan Swift. Most of his sf was borderline, using genre elements to heighten the suspense. The best known of these tales was probably The Day the Queen Flew to Scotland for the Grouse Shooting (1968), about the abduction of the monarch in the context of a breakup of the United Kingdom. A second ...


A common item of sf Terminology, denoting a planet in the galactic rim region (see Galactic Lens). Rimworlds are of importance in John Brunner's Interstellar Empire sequence and provide the various settings of A Bertram Chandler's John Grimes/Rim World stories; early stories in Frank Herbert's ...

Last of Us, The [tv]

US tv series (2023-current). Naughty Dog/Playstation Productions/Government of Alberta. Created, part directed and written by showrunners by Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin. Other Season One directors include Ali Abbasi, Peter Hoar, Liza Johnson, Jeremy Webb, Jasmila Zbanic. Based on the Videogame The Last of Us, designed by Druckmann and Bruce Straley. Cast includes Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey (all ten episodes); ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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