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Film (1989). Pheasantry Films in association with Allied Vision, The Picture Property Company. Coproduced by Philippe Mora, Whitley Strieber and Dan Allingham. Directed by Mora. Written by Strieber based on his own book Communion: A True Story (1987). Cast includes Joel Carlson, Lindsay Crouse, Terri Hanauer, Andreas Katsulas, Frances Sternhagen and Christopher Walken. 101 minutes. Colour. / This interesting film which tells of the abduction by Aliens of fantasy writer Whitley Strieber has ...

Temné Slunce

Film (1980; vt Dark Sun; The Black Sun). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Otakar Vávra. Written by Vávra, Jiří Šotola, loosely based on Krakatit (1924; trans 1925) by Karel Čapek. Cast includes Radoslav Brzobohatý, Rudolf Hrušínský and Magda Vašáryová. 133 minutes. Colour. / This is the better-known of Vávra's two films of Čapek's novel; the earlier and more faithful adaptation, ...

Lethem, Jonathan

(1964-    ) US author, married 1987-1998 to Shelley Jackson, who began publishing work of sf interest with "The Unexpurgated Zap Gun: A Report" for The Philip K Dick Society Newsletter #15 in 1987, the first of several pieces on Philip K Dick whose natural – though not inevitable – culmination was his editing for the Library of America three Dick omnibuses, beginning with Philip K Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s (omni 2007) [for full details see Checklist]; ...

Kadrey, Richard

(1957-    ) US rock musician, author and illustrator; he did the cover for Interzone #9 (Autumn 1984) and the vigorous though somewhat derivative collage illustrations for Dream Protocols (coll 1992 chap) by sf poet Lee Ballentine (1954-    ); he has also contributed articles to Science Fiction Eye and Whole Earth Review. He began to publish sf with "The Fire Catcher" for Interzone, Summer 1985. Not wholly assimilated influences including Cyberpunk as a ...

Pearce, Brenda

(1935-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "Hot Spot" for Analog in 1974. Kidnapped into Space (1975) and Worlds for the Grabbing (1977) are both routine but enjoyable Space Opera tales in which her interest in technical and technological matters sometimes shows through to advantage. [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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