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Stableford, Brian M

(1948-2024) UK academic, critic, translator and author, with a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology, which he taught 1977-1988 before turning to writing full-time. He began his writing career early, collaborating with a schoolfriend, Craig A Mackintosh (writing together as Brian Craig), on his first published story, "Beyond Time's Aegis" for Science Fantasy #78 in 1965; much ...


US Digest-size magazine which ran for 63 issues from October 1950 to October 1958. Its first two issues were published by the Clark Publishing Co, and were edited by Raymond A Palmer; from the third issue, February 1951, it was acquired by William L Hamling's Greenleaf Publishing Co, and continued with Hamling as editor until October 1958. Beginning as a bimonthly, it operated a six-weekly and ...

Warning from Space

Japanese film (1956). Original title Uchūjin Tokyo ni Arawaru; vt Mysterious Satellite. Daiei Film. Directed by Koji Shima. Written by Hideo Oguni (based on a draft by Gentaro Nakajima). Cast includes Toyomi Karita and Isao Yamagata. 87 minutes. Colour. / After UFO reports from around the world, one is seen falling into Tokyo Bay, followed by sightings of Monsters; shortly after, a ...

Star Wars

Film (1977; vt Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1978 or [officially] 1981). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Peter Cushing, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness and Mark Hamill. 121 minutes, re-released Special Edition 125 minutes (1997). Colour. / One of the most financially successful sf films to date, Star Wars is an entertaining pastiche that draws ...

Super Force

US tv series (1990-1992). Premiere/Viacom Enterprises. Syndicated. Created by James J McNamara. Produced by Michael Attanasio, Roderick Taylor. Directors included Sidney Hayers, Tom DeSimone, Russ Mayberry. Writers included Jeffrey Mandel, Bruce A Taylor, Janis Hendler. Cast includes Patrick Macnee, Ken Olandt and Larry B Scott. One two-hour pilot film plus 44 30-minute episodes. Colour. / 2020. Astronaut Zachary Stone (Olandt) returns from a successful Mars ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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