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Film (1984). Universal. Produced by Norman Jewison. Directed by Fred Schepisi. Written by Chip Proser, John Drimmer, from a story by Drimmer. Cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Timothy Hutton and John Lone. 99 minutes. Colour. / Set in the Arctic (shot in Canada), Iapetus tells of a Neanderthal dug out of the ice, thawed, resuscitated and studied. Eschewing the caveman clichés (see Apes as Human) of films like Trog (1970), it adopts a sensitive and supposedly realistic manner, much being ...

Utpatel, Frank

(1905-1980) American artist. A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Utpatel entered the field of sf art because of his friendships with writers August Derleth and Mark Schorer. Although he reportedly did some interior illustrations for Weird Tales, he is best known for his Arkham House book covers, beginning with H P Lovecraft's The Shadow over Innsmouth (1936). / Utpatel's covers tended to consist of moody, black-and-white images, like his silhouetted figure stalking through a forest for the ...

Queen of Outer Space

Film (1958). Allied Artists. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Charles Beaumont and Edward Bernds (uncredited), based on a story by Ben Hecht. Cast includes Paul Birch, Eric Fleming, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Laurie Mitchell and Dave Willock. 80 minutes. Colour. / Flying to Earth's Space Station to investigate intimations that we have unfriendly "neighbours", four astronauts watch as the space station is blown up by a strange ray; then, accelerating to avoid a similar fate, the crew blacks out and ...

Jackman, Stuart

(1922-2002) UK author whose work hovers, somewhat uneasily, between sf and Fantasy (see his entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy). His Christ Cycle – comprising The Davidson Affair (1966), Slingshot (1974) and The Burning Men (1976) – combines the two modes: as it deals with matters like the resurrection in a fantasy mode, while using Time Travel to transport his reconfigured Jesus into the modern world, where he becomes something somewhat akin to a terrorist. Death Wish (1998) is ...

Lester, Horace Frank

(1853-1896) Indian-born lawyer and journalist, in UK from an early age, associated with Punch from 1878 until his death; of sf interest is his Future War tale, The Taking of Dover (1888 chap) as H F Lester, in which France mounts a dishonourable but successful Invasion of England. The tale is notable for its early supposition that England may be defeated through subterfuge – five French regiments, in civilian garb, infiltrate Dover – rather than manly assault. [JC]

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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