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Invasion of the Star Creatures

Film (1962). Alta Vista Productions, American International Pictures. Produced by Berj Hagopian. Directed by Bruno VeSota. Written by Jonathan Haze based on his original story "Monsters from Nicholson Mesa". Cast includes Robert Ball (credited as Bob Ball), Mark Ferris, Frankie Ray, Dolores Reed and Gloria Victor. 70 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of comically inept US Army soldiers, Privates Philbrick (Ball) and Penn (Ray), are ...

Judd, Cyril

Pseudonym used by C M Kornbluth and Judith Merril (both of whom see for further details) for their two collaborative novels: Outpost Mars (May-July 1951 Galaxy as "Mars Child"; 1952; rev vt Sin in Space 1961) and Gunner Cade (March-May 1952 Astounding; 1952). [BS]

Martin, Michael

(?   -    ) UK author of a spoof Planetary Romance, A Year Near Proxima Centauri (1992), set on the planet Provender, a gourmandizer's heaven; the target of Martin's mild Satire is A Year in Provence (1989) by Peter Mayle (1939-2018), which arguably romanticizes rural life as experienced by visitors. [JC]

Kaye, Terry

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian Hannant, Terry Hayes and George Miller. This was used only for Mad Max (1979; vt Mad Max 1 1985), which novelizes Miller's Post-Holocaust film Mad Max (1979). [JC/DRL]

Sutton, Paralee Sweeten

(?   -    ) US author in whose White City (1949) a married couple, their plane hopelessly lost somewhere in the Antarctic, discovers there a Lost Race who communicate by Telepathy and who have established a clement, advanced Utopia. [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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