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Film (1972). American International. Directed by George McCowan. Written by Robert Hutchison, Robert Blees. Cast includes Lynn Borden, Sam Elliott, Ray Milland and Joan van Ark. 90 minutes. Colour. / A cheerful exploitation movie, its director's debut and part of the 1970s Revenge-of-Nature boom (see Monster Movies), Frogs is a rather well made Ecological fable in which upper-crust layabouts living on a bayou are disposed of by frogs, spiders, leeches, snakes and snapping turtles (all ...

Weverka, Robert

(1926-2009) US author, who also wrote as by Robert McMahan; known solely for Ties to the Television series Probe, including Search (1973) and Moonrock (1973); and to several films, including Hangar 18 (1980) with Charles E Sellier Jr (1943-2011), which novelizes Hangar 18 (1980). [JC]

McNelly, Willis E

(1920-2003) US academic, sf critic and editor long based at California State University at Fullerton, where he gave what were among the earlier sf classes in the USA. His anthologies include the Mars-themed Mars, We Love You (anth 1971; vt The Book of Mars 1976) edited with Jane Hipolito, Above the Human Landscape: A Social Science Fiction Anthology (anth 1972) edited with Leon E Stover and Science Fiction Novellas (anth 1975) edited with Harry Harrison; the last title had a companion work, ...

Ma, Ling

(1983-    ) Chinese-born academic and author, in US from childhood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Yeti Lovemaking" in Unstuck #2 for 2012. Her sf novel Severance (2018) is set in an Alternate History 2011 America devastated by a Pandemic originating in China, whose victims, Automata-like, lose all sense of Identity (see also Zombies), becoming entrapped in assembly-line-like repetitive actions that continue until death. Analogies between this disease and ...

Mars Attacks!

Film (1996). Warner Bros. Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Jonathan Gems, based on the "Mars Attacks" series of Topps trading cards (1962). Cast includes Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Jim Brown, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Michael J Fox, Lukas Haas, Tom Jones, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Martin Short and Rod Steiger. 106 minutes. Colour. / This anarchic Satire chronicles a Martian Invasion of our planet. When a fleet of flying saucers (see UFOs) is first ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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