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Darker Side of Terror, The

Made-for-tv film (1979; vt Clone: The Man Who Gave Birth to Himself). Bob Banner Associates/Shaner Remus Productions for CBS-TV. Produced by Al Ramus and John Herman Shane. Directed by Gus Trikonis. Written by Ramus and Shaner. Cast includes Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Forster, Ray Milland and David Sheiner. 96 minutes. Colour. / Professor Meredith (Milland) is a college teacher and genetics researcher who is conducting secret experiments to produce human Clones. He has obtained DNA via blood ...

Churchill, R C

(1916-1986) UK literary historian whose A Short History of the Future: Based on the Most Reliable Authorities With Maps (1955), like John Atkins's Tomorrow Revealed (1955), is an imaginary History, in this case set about 7000 CE, and similarly draws on genuine contemporary sources, mainly George Orwell and other literary figures like Kurt Vonnegut, into an unusually witty accounting of the course of history; in Churchill's version, history comes in great cycles. [JC]

Bensen, D R

(1927-1997) US editor and author, his novels being usually pseudonymous. The two anthologies he has edited, The Unknown: 11 Stories (anth 1963) and The Unknown Five (anth 1964), are both fantasy and (all but one story) compiled from Unknown. He was more important within the sf field for his editorship of Pyramid Books 1957-1967, a period during which that firm became a significant producer of sf novels in reprint and original forms. In 1968 he became executive editor of Berkley Books. He moved ...

Continuous Creation

Now relegated to Imaginary Science, this was an essential axiom of the Steady State Universe Cosmology which was proposed in 1948 by Hermann Bondi, Thomas Gold and Fred Hoyle but increasingly superseded by the rival Big Bang theory (see George Gamow) since the late 1960s. The notion of an expanding yet essentially unchanging universe required the spontaneous creation of new atoms – hydrogen isotopes and other light elements – in tiny but cosmically significant quantities. E E Smith ...

3rd Rock from the Sun

US tv series (1996-2001). Created by Bonnie and Terry Turner. Producers include the Turners, Bill Martin, Mike Schiff, Marcy Carsey, and Caryn Mandabach. Directors include Terry Hughes, Robert Berlinger, and James Burrows. Writers include the Turners, Martin, Schiff, Christine Zander, and Bob Kushell. Cast includes Jane Curtin (Dr Mary Albright), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tommy Solomon), Kristen Johnston (Sally Solomon), Wayne Knight (Officer Don Orville), John Lithgow (Dick Solomon) and French ...

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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