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Cherez Ternii – K Zvyozdam

Film (1980; vt Per Aspera ad Astra). Maxim Gorki Studio. Directed by Richard Viktorov. Written by Kir Bulychev, Viktorov. Cast includes Vatzlav Dvorzhetsky, Vadim Ledogorov, Uldis Lieldidzh and Elena Metyolkina. In two parts, 40 minutes and 78 minutes. Colour. / This pretentious, rather naive, Soviet young-adult sf movie typifies many of Bulychev's themes and approaches. It begins well, with a "space Mowgli" – the alien girl Niia – being found by an Earth expedition on a ...

Curtis, Monica Mary

(1892-1956) UK author of Landslide (1934), an Alternate History tale set in a Europe subtly transformed by a second Great War in the twentieth century. [JC]

Unearthly, The

Film (1957; vt House of Monsters). AB-PT Pictures Corporation/Republic Pictures. Produced and directed by Brooke L Peters (credited as Boris Petroff). Written by John D F Black (credited as Geoffrey Dennis), and Jane Mann from an original story by Jane Mann. Cast includes John Carradine, Myron Healy, Allison Hayes and Tor Johnson. 73 minutes. Black and white. / Mad Scientist Dr Charles Conway (Carradine) oversees a psychiatric clinic in a rural area where he secretly conducts experiments ...

Boland, John

(1913-1976) UK author and journalist, a prolific story producer, although rarely of sf. His sf novels, White August (1955) and No Refuge (1956), are both set in frigid conditions. The first is a Disaster tale, dealing with the dire effects of a botched attempt at Weather Control. No Refuge depicts a Lost World Utopia in the Arctic, into which two criminals accidentally irrupt; after a good deal of discussion they are dealt with properly. Operation Red Carpet (1959) is borderline. Holocaust ...

Craig, William

(1929-1997) US historian and author in whose marginally Near Future Technothriller, The Tashkent Crisis (1971), the USSR threatens America and the world with an ultimatum and a new energy-beam Weapon or giant Ray Gun; American agents fight back, destroying the threat with a miniaturized nuclear warhead improbably concealed within a pistol. [JC/DRL]

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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