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Staton, Mary

(circa 1944-    ) US author in whose first novel, From the Legend of Biel (1975), a team of explorers from Earth awakens from Suspended Animation and attempts to solve the mysteries presented by a previously inhabited planet, now abandoned except for an array of enigmatic structures. Once the code they embed has been solved by the tale's protagonist, the story of Biel – a female inhabitant of the earlier civilization whose nature has been transformed by prenatal Drugs ...

Land of the Lost

US tv series (1974-1977). Sid and Marty Kroft Television Productions for NBC-TV. Created by Allan Foshko, Sid and Marty Kroft and (uncredited) David Gerrold. Produced by the Krofts, Jon Kubichan, Dennis Steinmetz. Special effects by Gene Warren, Sr. Dinosaur animation by Gene Warren Jr, Harry Walton, Peter Kleinow. Directors included Bob Lally, Steinmetz, Gordon Wiles. Writers included Margaret Armen, Ben Bova, D C Fontana, Foshko, Peter Germano, Gerrold, Donald F Glut, Larry Niven, Samuel ...

2001: A Space Odyssey

1. Film (1968). Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Written by Kubrick, Arthur C Clarke, based very loosely on Clarke's "The Sentinel" (Spring 1951 10 Story Fantasy as "Sentinel of Eternity"; vt in Expedition to Earth, coll 1953). Cast includes Keir Dullea, Leonard Rossiter, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain and William Sylvester. 141 minutes, cut from 160 minutes. Colour. Originally in Cinerama. / This was the most ambitious sf film of the 1960s and perhaps ever. Kubrick's unique ...

Andromeda Conquest

Videogame (1982). Avalon Hill. Designed by David Peterson. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8. C64, DOS, PET, TRS80. / Andromeda Conquest is a game of turn-based interstellar warfare which uses text menus and somewhat rudimentary two-dimensional displays to represent conflict between various Galactic Empires. Each player begins as absolute ruler of a species which has recently invented a Faster Than Light drive, with the intention of expanding out into the galaxy, conquering and colonizing ...

Worth, Peter

A Ziff-Davis House Name used on magazine stories; it appeared in their various sf magazines ten times from 1949 to 1951, usually concealing Chester S Geier or Roger Phillips Graham (Rog Phillips). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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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