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1. Film (1984). Delphi Productions II/Columbia. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Bruce A Evans, Raynold Gideon (and Dean Riesner, uncredited). Cast includes Karen Allen, Jeff Bridges, Richard Jaeckel and Charles Martin Smith. 115 minutes. Colour. / Carpenter ventured into Spielberg territory in this sweet – possibly saccharine – story of a wide-eyed innocent arriving from space. The Starman (Bridges), first seen as a ball of light, exactly recreates himself in the image of ...

Bed-Sitting Room, The

Film (1969). Oscar Lewenstein/United Artists. Director Richard Lester. Cast includes Peter Cook, Michael Hordern, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, Spike Milligan, Dudley Moore, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham and Mona Washbourne. Written by John Antrobus from the play by Antrobus and Milligan. 91 minutes. Colour. / The Bed-sitting Room is a Fabulation, a Post-Holocaust black comedy set mostly in London after World War Three, where dazed survivors wander about in a state of traumatized denial, at ...

Shaw, Bob

Working name of Northern Irish author Robert Shaw (1931-1996), in Canada 1956-1958 and the mainland UK from 1973. He worked in structural engineering until the age of twenty-seven, then aircraft design, then industrial public relations and journalism, becoming a full-time author in 1975. Shaw was early involved in sf Fandom, with stories and articles published in the Fanzine Slant from 1951 and his first book being The Enchanted Duplicator (1954 chap) with Walt Willis, an allegory of fan and ...

Day of the Animals, The

Film (1977; vt Something Is Out There). Film Ventures International. Produced by Edward L Montoro. Directed by William Girdler. Written by William W Norton, Eleanor E Norton, and Edward L Montoro. Cast includes Michael Ansara (Daniel Santee), Christopher George, Lynda Day George and Leslie Nielsen. 97 minutes, cut to 95 minutes. Colour. / An increase in radiation reaching earth from the Sun due to ozone depletion makes all wildlife above five thousand feet go into a berserk killing frenzy. ...

Lewitt, S N

(1954-    ) US author; the initial N in her name stands for "Nothing"; she variously signs her works as given as the headword above, and as both Shariann Lewitt and Shariann N Lewitt; pseudonyms include Rick North and Gordon Kendall (see below). Lewitt began publishing work of genre interest with "St Joey the Action" in Perpetual Light (anth 1982) edited by Alan Ryan; after First and Final Rites (1984), a fantasy novel published as by Shariann Lewitt, she released the first ...

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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