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Radar Men from the Moon

Serial Film (1951). Republic. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Written by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes William Bakewell, Roy Barcroft, Clayton Moore, Aline Towne and George Wallace. 12 episodes totalling 167 minutes. Black and white. / Because of their dangerously thinning atmosphere, the inhabitants of the Moon seek to invade and conquer the Earth; their first step is to send one Moon man to Earth to direct human henchmen to launch a series of destructive attacks using an atomic Ray Gun. ...

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 ...


Videogame (1986). Nexa Corporation. Designed by Rob Swigart. Platforms: Amiga, AppleII, AtariST, C64, Mac, PCBoot. / Portal was an attempt to create a "computer novel", a form that was intended to more closely resemble that of hyperfiction (see Hypertext) than that of the text Adventure. The player takes the part of an astronaut sent on a solitary mission of exploration in a slower-than-light Starship. When they return, a century after their departure, Earth is deserted and the only ...


Film (2013). Annapurna Pictures. Written and directed by Spike Jonze. Cast includes Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Matt Letscher, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt and Olivia Wilde. 126 minutes. Colour. / In Near Future Los Angeles (see California), a clement metropolis seemingly full of thirtysomethings absorbed by personal relationships, Theodore (Phoenix) works for, where he composes markedly empathetic messages for people who find it difficult to ...


Initialism, often employed in sf Terminology, for Faster Than Light – as for example in FTL Spaceship. Fritz Leiber's use of the term in "The Enchanted Forest" (October 1950 Astounding) may be the first printed appearance. [DRL] see also: Sublight. /

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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