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Night of the Lepus

Film (1972). Lyles/MGM. Directed by William F Claxton. Written by Don Holliday, Gene R Kearney, based on The Year of the Angry Rabbit (1964) by Russell Braddon. Cast includes Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley, Janet Leigh and Stuart Whitman. 88 minutes. Colour. / Braddon's satirical novel was set in Australia, but the film dropped the Satire and switched the setting to Arizona. A test rabbit full of experimental hormones breaks loose and breeds with local rabbits. Suddenly hordes of gigantic ...

Draper, Allyn

A House Name used in such journals as The Boys of New York (see Boys' Papers) and Young Men of America by various authors including Francis W Doughty, Thomas H Hanshew, Dennis O'Sullivan, Harvey K Shackleford, Cornelius Shea, William Howard Van Orden (see Howard de Vere) and others not identified. [JC/SH]

Weston, Susan B

(1943-    ) US author whose Children of Light (1985), set in a Ruined Earth America that had been direly but terminally affect by Holocaust, treats the possibilities of human survival with warmth and some plausibility. [JC]

Gems, Jonathan

(1952-    ) US screenwriter and author of Mars Attacks! (1996), a Tie to the Tim Burton film Mars Attacks! (1996), which it novelizes. This film's screenplay was also by Gems, based on the "Mars Attacks" series of Topps trading cards (1962); he had earlier co-scripted Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), based on Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell. [JC/DRL]

Eldred, Tim

(1965-    ) US illustrator and author of Graphic Novels whose Young Adult Space Opera, Grease Monkey (graph 2006), poses its young protagonist a series of practical problems as he comes to terms with his role as a low-ranking cadet mechanic drafted into humanity's fight back against the Alien assault which has decimated Earth's population. His main problems come from his need to relate to his boss on board the vast space artefact which houses the heart of Earth's response ...

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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