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Apparitions

UK tv series (2008). BBC, Lime Pictures. Directed by Joe Ahearne. Written by Joe Ahearne. Cast includes Luigi Diberti, Siobhan Finneran, Elyes Gabel, David Gyasi, Martin Shaw, John Shrapnel and Rick Warden. Six 60-minute episodes. Colour. / Father Jacob Myers (Shaw) is a London-based priest tasked with investigating the "causes of saints", a Catholic detective responsible for assessing the veracity of miracles. He has been targeted by the forces of evil (see Gods and Demons) for his nascent ...

Milosz, Czesław

(1911-2004) Lithuanian-born Polish academic, poet and author, his first and primary language being Polish; mostly resident in Poland from the beginning of World War Two until he went into exile in 1951; in USA for many years; finally resident again in Poland from some point around 1990. The forced exiles of a world-observant intellectual of Milosz's stature through most of the twentieth century signal how savagely and perhaps irremediably Western civilization had damaged itself during that era. ...

Shulman, Dee

(1957-    ) South African author and illustrator, in the UK from childhood, whose first book, Hetty the Yeti (2004 chap), was written for younger children. She is of some sf interest for the Young Adult Parallon Trilogy comprising Fever (2012), Delirium (2013) and Afterlife (2014), an updating of the Timeslip romance in which a laboratory experiment casts the young protagonist back to 152 CE, where she saves a gladiator's life. They are later forced to flee through time in ...

Land of the Giants

US tv series (1968-1970). An Irwin Allen Production for Twentieth Century Fox TV/ABC. Created by Irwin Allen, also executive producer. Writers included Bob and Esther Mitchell, Bob and Wanda Duncan, Richard Shapiro, Dan Ullman, William Welch. Directors included Harry Harris, Nathan Juran, Sobey Martin, Irwin Allen (1st episode only). Regular cast Gary Conway, Kurt Kasznar, Don Marshall, Heather Young, Don Matheson, Deanna Lund, Stefan Arngrim. Special effects L B Abbott, Art Cruickshank, Emil ...

Flight to Mars

Film (1951). Monogram. Directed by Lesley Selander. Written by Arthur Strawn. Cast includes Morris Ankrum, Robert Barrat, Marguerite Chapman and Cameron Mitchell. 72 minutes. Colour. / A team of astronauts, including journalist Steve Abbott (Mitchell), embarks upon the first flight to Mars. After an encounter with meteors, they land on Mars and discover a race of humanoid Martians who live underground because the surface of Mars has become uninhabitable to them. However, while the Martians ...

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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