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Stranger Within, The

Made-for-tv film (1974). Lorimar/ABC TV. Directed by Lee Philips. Teleplay Richard Matheson, based on his "Mother by Protest" (September/October 1953 Fantastic; vt "Trespass" in The Shores of Space, coll 1957). Cast includes David Doyle, Barbara Eden, George Grizzard and Joyce Van Patten. 72 minutes. Colour. / A woman (Eden) becomes pregnant – inexplicably, as her husband (Grizzard) is certified to be sterile. It turns out that she has been impregnated by a wandering Martian seed (see ...

McAllister, Bruce

(1946-    ) US academic, editor and author, director of the creative-writing programme at the University of Redlands, California, and Professor of English there from 1983 until his retirement in 1997. He has written at least eighty stories since starting to publish sf in July 1963 with "The Faces Outside" (for If), which after many years was assembled, along with a representative sample of his short work, as The Girl Who Loved Animals and Other Stories (coll 2007). "The Boy" ...

Daniels, April

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Dreadnought (2017), which begins the Young Adult Nemesis sequence, is set in a fantasy-hued Alternate World where Superheroes exist; the protagonist, who is transgender (see Transgender SF) by profound inclination and may be at the verge of transitioning, is suddenly transformed through the death of the eponymous male superhero into a female superhero, who may now be nearly invincible. So armoured, she eventually powers ...

Collins, Helen

(1937-    ) US biologist, teacher and author whose loose Genesis sequence contains two thematically linked volumes to date. The first, Mutagenesis (1993; rev MutaGenesis 2011), packs a wide range of material into its moderate compass. After recovering from a Long Night caused by Ecological devastation, an expedition from Earth rediscovers an old colony planet, where some original plant species still survive as well as a strangely-evolved human, in which women are required to ...

TV Zone

UK oversized Media Magazine printed on high-quality paper. Published by Visual Imagination Limited. Editors were Anthony Brown, Lee Binding, Jan Vincent Rudski and Tom Spilsbury, although not in chronological order. 231 monthly issues, 1988 to 2008, with the final edition being a double issue. / This title originally focused mainly on Fantasy and sf Television, later expanding its scope to include comedy and drama. Series covered included Blake's Seven (1978-1981), The Prisoner (1967-1968) ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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