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Stab, Martin J

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, Eden-459 (2002), based on the premise that after the 1947 UFO landings in Roswell Aliens have infiltrated human society; as the story develops, with Earth being threatened by an Asteroid, the children of these aliens are locked into a one-way voyage to another planet, with consequences for the entire galaxy. [JC]

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Film (1958). Paramount. Directed by Gene Fowler Jr. Written by Louis Vittes, from a story by Fowler and Vittes. Cast includes Ken Lynch, Gloria Talbot and Tom Tryon. 78 minutes. Black and white. / Another manifestation of the rampant Paranoia of the 1950s, I Married a Monster from Outer Space might be called an sf version of I Married a Communist. In this enjoyably tasteless Monster Movie, a young woman's ...

Stark, Ed

(?   -    ) US author of Ties to various games (see Games and Sports), including Shatterzone: Beyond the 'Zone (1993), novelizing a Role Playing Game set in a Space Opera universe. His other ties are to fantasy enterprises. [JC]

System Shock

Videogame (1994). Looking Glass Studios (LG). Designed by Doug Church. Platforms: DOS (1994); Mac (1995). / System Shock is an early First Person Shooter much influenced by Computer Role Playing Games. It is set in a Cyberpunk world, with gameplay which combines puzzle solution, exploration and combat. ...

Smith, Basil A

(1908-1969) UK author and Church of England clergyman; of genre interest are his five stories, unpublished during his lifetime and posthumously assembled as The Scallion Stone (coll 1980); these have been compared to the horror tales of M R James (1862-1936), with whose work he was familiar. Two feature supernatural phenomena with Horror in SF overtones. "The Scallion Stone" (August 1977 Whispers) hints at a tentacled ...

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. ...

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