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Film (1995). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Alien designs by H R Giger. Written by Dennis Feldman. Cast includes Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina and Forest Whitaker. 108 minutes. Colour. / Radio transmissions from an extraterrestrial race are intercepted on Earth. They contain a DNA sequence and instructions for combining it with our own. American scientists use the data to genetically engineer (see Genetic Engineering) ...

Spitz, Jacques

(1896-1963) French author, perhaps the central French sf author of the 1930s/1940s, whose Scientific Romances tended to the apocalyptic, and whose occasional uplift endings were riddled with doubt. His first sf novel, L'agonie du globe (1935; trans Margaret Mitchiner as Sever the Earth 1936), describes the consequences attendant upon a geological Disaster which splits the planet into two halves 50 miles (80km) apart, the portion containing America soon colliding with the Moon; there are no ...

Short, Dorothy Dudley

(?   -?   ) UK editor and author whose Judy and the Magic Rocket (1933 chap) is an educational Science Fantasy in which a kindly mage gives the eponymous young girl a guided tour of the Moon, Mars and Venus, followed by Time Travel back to the creation of the solar system. [JC]

Yelverton, Christopher

Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ), who may or may not be related to the historical English political figures, Sir Christopher Yelverton (1536-1612) and his grandson, Sir Christopher Yelverton, 1st Baronet (?   -1654). The dreaming protagonist of Oneiros; Or, Some Questions of the Day (1889) finds himself translated a millennium hence to another planet (see Life on Other Worlds), where a benevolent Utopia has long existed. Details are ...

Satterfield, Charles

Pseudonym used on four magazine stories by Frederik Pohl, 1954-1959, the first being a collaboration with Lester del Rey. [JC]

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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