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Flying Saucers over Istanbul

Turkish film (1955; original title Ucan Daireler Istanbulda). Birsel Film. Directed and written by Orhan Erçin. Cast includes Orhan Erçin, Mirella Monro, Zafer Önen, Türkan Samil and Özcan Tekgül. 73 minutes. Black and white. / A lonely hearts club for rich but unattractive women hires belly-dancers to lure potential husbands to the venue; they are delighted when two men turn up, but the men are Sapsal (Önen) ...

Claro, Joe

(?   -    ) US author of a wide range of titles, some as Joe Claro, some as Joseph Claro; those of sf interest include I Can Predict the Future (1972); two Love Bug Ties, Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) and Herbie the Matchmaker (1982); and other film Ties including Condorman (1981), Voyagers! (1982) and SpaceCamp (1986). ...

Cyborg [game]

Videogame (1981). Sentient Software. Designed by Michael Berlyn. Platforms: AppleII (1981); Atari8, C64 (1982). / While Cyborg was not the first science-fictional text Adventure, it may be the first such work of any lasting interest. As in Algis Budrys' rather more sophisticated novel Who? (April 1955 ...

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth

(1823-1911) US minister, soldier, Feminist, poet and author, now best remembered for his friendship with and mentoring of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), and for his partial recognition of her genius. He is also remembered as an abolitionist who served as colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers (1862-1864), a Black regiment that (because of the racist code then legally enforced) could not be commanded by a Black man; his Army Life in a Black Regiment ...

Kingston, W H G

(1814-1880) UK author, almost solely for boys from 1850, more than 100 of his novels being juveniles, many of which expose his evangelical convictions; of these two are sf interest: Mark Seaworth: A Tale of the Indian Ocean (1852), a Lost Race tale; and At the South Pole: Or, the Adventures of Richard Pengelley, Mariner (1870), where the climate is unexpected. From 1853 until his death he was married to Agnes Kinloch ...

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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