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Day the Earth Stood Still, The

1. Film (1951). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Robert Wise. Written by Edmund H North, based on "Farewell to the Master" (October 1940 Astounding) by Harry Bates. Cast includes Sam Jaffe, Hugh Marlowe, Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie. 92 minutes. Black and white. / Produced at the beginning of the sf boom of the 1950s, this is generally regarded as a classic, though its ethics might be regarded as intemperate; it is, however, directed with pace and impressive economy. An emissary from ...

World War Three

Following the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs which ended World War Two, a third world War involving nuclear Holocaust became the recurring nightmare of twentieth-century sf throughout the Cold War decades and even beyond. Often it was tacitly assumed that a third world war would constitute the final instalment of a worldwide state of conflict that began in 1914 and whose Near Future culmination would bring the end of civilization, a conviction that led in sf to numerous Post-Holocaust ...

Khoury, Raymond

(1960-    ) Lebanon-born investment banker, screenwriter, illustrator and author, mostly either in US from 1975 or latterly in the UK. His Last Templar sequence beginning with The Last Templar (2005), in which a contemporary archaeologist begins to discover, via papers and treasure hidden in a pouch, the true Secret Masters history of the Knights Templar; she is soon joined by an FBI agent. Some scenes are set in the thirteenth century. A secret epic, which falls short of ...

Alarcón y Ariza, Pedro Antonio de

(1833-1891) Spanish author, initially famous for travel writings, though now know mainly as the author of El sombrero de tres picos (1874; trans anon as The Three-Cornered Hat 1891), a novella based on a traditional ballad which became famous after Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) composed a ballet in 1919 based on the tale. Alarcón is of some sf interest for his early novel, "El amigo de la muerte" (1852 El eco de occidente; trans Mrs Francis J A Darr as The Strange Friend of Tito Gil 1890; ...

Quaglia, Roberto

(1962-    ) Italian author whose first works of genre interest were published in Romanian translation, beginning with Vagabondul interspatial (trans Cornel Nicolau from 1985 manuscript 1994; as Paradoxine: The Adventures of James Vagabond 2009); GOD Ltd (trans Peter de Ville from 1985 manuscript 1992 chap) is a Satire set in Western America about a deity who seems half Computer, half Ponzi scheme. Quaglia is best known in English for his gonzo collaborations with Ian Watson ...

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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