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Star Trek: First Contact

Film (1996). Paramount. Produced by Rick Berman. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by Brannon Braga and Ronald D Moore, based on a story by Berman, Braga, and Moore. Cast includes Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Alice Krige, James Cromwell and Alfre Woodard. 111 minutes. Colour. / For this eighth film in the Star Trek Cinema sequence – and the first in which the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation ...

Mad Ghoul, The

Film (1943; vt Mystery of the Ghoul). Universal Pictures. Produced by Ben Pivar. Directed by James P Hogan. Written by Paul Gangelin and Brenda Wiseberg from a story by Hanns Kraly (credited as Hans Kraly). Cast includes Evelyn Ankers, Robert Armstrong, Turhan Bey, David Bruce and George Zucco. 65 minutes. Black and white. / University chemistry Professor Alfred Morris (Zucco) has re-created a nerve gas used by ancient Mayans in human sacrifice rituals. With medical student Ted (Bruce) as ...

Dyson, Freeman J

(1923-2020) UK-born theoretical physicist and FRS; professor since 1953 and later professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey, and latterly a US citizen. His main work was in quantum field theory, but he is well known in sf for the concept of the Dyson Sphere, which he introduced in a short paper for Science in 1960 (vol 131 p1667). In this paper, which was concerned with locating and communicating with Extraterrestrial civilizations (see SETI), Dyson argued ...

Firth, N Wesley

Working name of UK author Norman Firth (1920-1949), who in fact had no middle name. He began his career during World War Two writing Pulp Westerns and thrillers. He wrote stories variously as Rice Ackman, Earl Ellison, Jackson Evans, Leslie Halward, Olga Hendry, Joel Johnson and perhaps other names; his first sf publication was almost certainly "Obscene Parade" (1946 Weird Story Magazine #2). His first novel, Terror Strikes (1946 chap), is of some interest, if only through its extremely close ...

Kamen Rider

1. Japanese live-action tv series (1971-1973; vt Masked Rider). Created by Shotaro Ishinomori. Toei Company. Directors include Itaru Orita, Masahiro Tsukada and Minoru Yamada. Writers include Masaru Igami, Masayuki Shimada and Mari Takizawa. Voice cast includes Hiroshi Fujioka and Takeshi Sasaki. 98 24-minute episodes. Colour. / This was the series that began a very successful Tokusatsu Superhero franchise (see 2 below). / Takeshi Hongo (Fujioka), a Grand Prix motorcyclist and ...

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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