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Andrews, Scott K

(1971-    ) Author, apparently UK and also writing as Scott Andrews, of a guide to the Television series, Farscape (1999-2003, 2005): Uncharted Territory: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to Farscape (2002). He has also contributed three volumes to the Shared World The Afterblight Chronicles (see The Afterblight Chronicles), a Post-Holocaust sequence for Young Adult readers; these begin with The Afterblight Chronicles: School's Out (2008), in which students use their ...

Space Probe Taurus

Film (1965; vt Space Monster; vt First Woman into Space). American International. Directed by Leonard Katzman. Cast includes Baynes Barron, Russ Bender, James Brown, Robert Legionaire and Francine York. Written by Leonard Katzman. 81 minutes. Black and white. / The mission of a Spaceship, Faith 1, ends disastrously, as deadly gas penetrates its hull, killing all but one crewman, and the survivor (Legionaire) urges Earth Control to destroy his own spaceship because it may be "infectious." ...

Montgomery, Rutherford

(1894-1985) US author of books for children from 1932, mostly set in the American west, often featuring animals prominently. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Kent Barstow sequence, beginning with Kent Barstow Special Agent (1958) and ending with Kent Barstow Aboard the Dyna Soar (1964); Barstow, a test pilot and special agent, engages in Technothriller adventures in defense of America, and tests new Inventions, like the enormous Dyna Soar whose flight climaxes the series. [JC]

Elze, Winifred

(?   -    ) US author of two novels which apply horror tonalities – though nothing like the fixation on the unveiling of the previously given typical of genuine horror – to sf material: in The Changeling (1995), what might be called an Ecological revolt against humanity rises amongst the flora of the planet; and in Here, Kitty, Kitty (1996), a suburban Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] is threatened when creatures from the ...

Gold

Film (1934; vt L'Or). UFA. Directed by Karl Hartl. Written by Rolf E Vanloo. Cast includes Hans Albers, Michael Bohnen, Lien Deyers, Brigitte Helm and Friedrich Kayssler. 120 minutes. Black and white. / This German film was made by much the same team that had made F.P.1 Antwortet Nicht two years earlier, but is more spectacular and also more nationalistic. German scientists are hired by a megalomaniac Scottish tycoon who wishes to build a nuclear reactor to transmute base metal into gold ...

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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