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Close Encounters of the Third Kind – The Special Edition

Film (1980). Credits as for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). 132 minutes. Colour. / This slightly shorter, re-edited version of Spielberg's huge 1977 success, which contains some new footage, represents a curious piece of cinematic history. Many critics saw it as inferior to the original, though the idea was that Spielberg now had so much commercial clout that he could, at ...

Renner, James

(1978-    ) US film producer, journalist and author most of whose nonfiction work has focused on unsolved murders, a pattern entered into in his first novel, The Man from Primrose Lane (2012), whose protagonist's investigation into a long-ago murder implicates his own dead wife, and generates a disturbing climax in which a Near Future Dystopian America, and perhaps other worlds, are juxtaposed with ...

Yates, W R

(1950-    ) US author of Diasporah (1985), a tale which moves from the Near Future destruction of Israel (and Islam) in a nuclear Holocaust to the re-establishment of a Zionist state in a Space Habitat orbiting beyond the Moon; but New Israel is also under threat (see Politics; ...

Space Precinct

Tv series (1994-1995). A Mentorn Films and Gerry Anderson Production. Directors include John Glen, Sidney Havers and Alan Birkinshaw. First episode written by Paul Mayhew-Archer. Cast includes Simone Bendix, Ted Shackleford and Rob Youngblood. Current. First episode October 1994; 24 one-hour episodes. / This syndicated series is apparently based on a singleton drama from some years back entitled Space Police, but the title was changed so as not to infringe the title copyright ...

Williams, Lloyd

(1869-1951) UK author of a relatively late Battle of Dorking tale, The Great Raid: A Story of Britain's Peril (13 February-15 May 1909 Black and White; 1909), with the German Invasion of Britain being narrated with a clear apprehension of the nature and possibilities of a Future War in Europe. Unusually for novels of this type during these years, there are hints of trench ...

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 ...



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