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US tv mini-series (1987). ABC Circle Films for ABC-TV. Produced by John Lugar and Richard L O'Connor. Directed by Donald Wrye. Written by Wrye. Cast includes Lara Flynn Boyle, Mariel Hemingway, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Neil and Robert Urich. Seven instalments, total 870 minutes. Colour. / In 1996 the Soviet Union launches a surprise attack on the US, detonating several very powerful nuclear warheads in the ionosphere over North America. This results in widespread disabling of the ...

Treibich, S J

(1936-1972) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "First Contact" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction with Laurence M Janifer in August 1965, and who, also with Janifer, wrote the Angelo di Stefano series of Space Operas: Target: Terra (1968 dos), The High Hex (1969 dos) and The Wagered World (1969 chap dos). [BS]


US monthly nonfiction magazine about sf (and fantasy) in the media, largely films and television, founded 1976, current; small-Bedsheet, saddle-stapled; publishers included O'Quinn Studios, Starlog Communications, New York, and The Brooklyn Company; editors have included Howard Zimmerman and David McDonnell. / This magazine aimed at the juvenile market was for many years a success (with a circulation of around quarter of a million), and generated spin-off books and posters plus various ...

Spicer, Arwen

(1975-    ) US academic and author, whose nonfiction work has focused on authors like William Morris and H G Wells, with an emphasis on their approach to what eventually would be known as Ecology. Her sf novel Perdita (2001) explores similar issues in a tale set on the artificially isolated eponymous planet, where pro- and anti-Technology families vie for dominance as the Invention of Matter Transmission device opens doors to the galaxy. In her second novel, The Hour Before ...

Lawrence, Henry L

(1908-1990) UK author whose The Children of Light (1960) deals with the effects of radiation as inflicted upon children to make them immune to the effects of nuclear Holocaust. It was used as the basis for a 1961 film, The Damned, directed by Joseph Losey (1909-1984). [JC/PN]

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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