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Man from Planet X, The

Film (1951). Mid-Century Films. Directed by Edgar G Ulmer. Written by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen. Cast includes Raymond Bond, Robert Clarke, Margaret Field and William Schallert. 70 minutes. Black and white. / As the wandering Planet X approaches Earth, an Alien (actor unknown and uncredited) from the planet lands his Spaceship at the place where his world will come closest to Earth, in rural Scotland. This location has also attracted an astronomer, Professor Elliot (Bond), seeking ...

Stelle, Dr Robert D

(1881-1952) US author of The Sun Rises: The Story of the Formation of the First and Greatest Civilization on This Earth as it Actually Occurred 70,000 Years Ago (1952), a narrative crudely definable as Prehistoric SF, but one whose depiction of the Lost World of Lemuria adheres with some fidelity to the history of the world as given in the doctrines of Theosophy. His doctorate seems to have been associated with osteopathy. [JC]

Night Strangler, The

Made-for-tv film (1973; vt The Time Killer). ABC Circle Films for ABC-Television. Directed and produced by Dan Curtis. Written by Richard Matheson, based on characters created by Jeff Rice. Cast includes Richard Anderson, Scott Brady, John Carradine, Wally Cox, Margaret Hamilton, Al Lewis, Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jo Ann Pflug and Nina Wayne. Make-up by William Tuttle. 74 minutes, expanded to 90 minutes for home DVD release. Colour. / After being fired and run out of Las Vegas in The ...

Douglas, Iain

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of four sf adventures for Robert Hale Limited, beginning with Point of Impact (1979). [JC]

Otherside Picnic

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Based on the Light Novels by Iori Miyazawa (illustrated by shirakaba). Liden Films, Felix Film. Directed by Takuya Satō. Written by Takuya Satō. Voice cast includes Yumiri Hanamori, Rina Hidaka, Ai Kayano and Miyu Tomita. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / As the title suggests, this work is influenced by Arkady and Boris Strugatski's Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977). / Toriko Nishina (Kayano) is searching the Otherside, a Parallel World ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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