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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Film (1982). Universal. Directed and coproduced by Steven Spielberg. Written by Melissa Mathison. Cast includes Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Robert McNaughton, Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace. 115 minutes. Colour. / 10-year-old Elliott (Thomas) meets an alien, "E.T.", who has been accidentally left outside Los Angeles when his spacecraft and its crew – which we infer includes his parents – is forced to depart rapidly to avoid a search party sent out by a human task force. Elliott ...

Benn, Mitch

(1970-    ) UK singer-songwriter, comedian and author, active in both Radio and Television, increasingly well known since 1999 or so for his Satire, which is normally not bad-tempered. He has released his own music on several albums, beginning with The Unnecessary Mitch Benn (1998). Of sf interest is the Terra sequence, beginning with Terra (2013), a spoofish Space Opera conspicuously (and openly) influenced by the UK tradition of spoofery initiated by Douglas Adams. The ...

Science Fiction Classics

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing, 30 issues, edited by Herb Lehrman as Ralph Adris #1-#5, then edited by Cohen. It began February 1967, published #1-#6 in 1967-1968 as Science Fiction Classics and #7-#8 in 1969 as Science Fiction (Adventure) Classics. It resumed publication in Winter 1970 under the latter title with #12 and published 22 more issues before merging with Thrilling Science Fiction (see The Most Thrilling Science Fiction Ever ...

Sloane, William M

(1906-1974) US playwright, publisher and author whose interest in the occult was reflected in his sf novels, To Walk the Night (1937; rev 1954) and The Edge of Running Water (1939; vt The Unquiet Corpse 1956), both later assembled as The Rim of Morning (omni 1964); along with one story, "Let Nothing You Dismay" (in Stories for Tomorrow, anth 1954, ed Sloane), they are all the sf he wrote. To Walk the Night complexly combines horror and sf in its depiction of an Alien from another Dimension who ...

Leonard, Lawrence

(1923-2001) UK cellist, conductor, composer and author whose Young Adult tale, The Horn of Mortal Danger (1980), is set primarily Underground beneath London, where an ancient race, distinguishable from surface humans mostly by their small stature, has flourished for many centuries by carefully imitating life on the surface. From about 1800 these Undergrounders, who now think of their world as the North London System, have shaped their lives and habitations around two conflicting but interwoven ...

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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