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They Came from Outer Space

US tv series (1990-1991). The Finnegan-Pinnchuk Company/MCA Television Entertainment. Syndicated. Created by Tom McLoughlin. Produced by Patricia Finnegan, Sheldon Pinnchuk and Loretta Taub. Directors included Chuck Bowman, Sidney Hayers and Jefferson Kibbee. Writers included Peter I Baloff, McLoughlin and Dave Wollerts. Cast includes Dean Cameron, Christopher Carroll, Stuart Fratkin and Alan Royal. Twenty 42-minute to 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Twin teenage brothers Bo (Cameron) and Abe ...


From the earliest days of Proto SF, satire was its prevailing mode, and this inheritance was evident even after sf proper began in the nineteenth century. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary defines satire as literary work "in which prevailing vices or follies are held up to ridicule". Proto sf is seldom interested in imagining the societies of other worlds or future times for their own sake; most proto sf of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (by, for example, Cyrano de Bergerac, ...

Dillard, R H W

(1937-    ) US poet, academic and author of at least two full-length fictions (see Equipoise; Fabulation) that can be thought of in sf terms, though his only work of strong sf interest was his collaboration with George Garrett and John Rodenbeck on the script for the film Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965; vt Mars Invades Puerto Rico; vt Duel of the Space Monsters) directed by Robert Gaffney (see Frankenstein). The Book of Changes (1974) almost deliriously ...

Moran, Richard

(1942-2009) US author whose Near Future Disaster thrillers – beginning with Cold Sea Rising (1986), in which volcanic action melts the Ross Ice Shelf in the Antarctic – usually import Technothriller elements into their storylines, giving room for heroic action which turns the tables. Novels of this sort include Dallas Down (1988) and the Meade sequence comprising The Empire of Ice (1994) and Earth Winter (1995), in which volcanic action has caused Earth temperatures to plummet. ...

Godwin, Francis

(1562-1633) UK bishop and author, most noted for his striking description of a lunar Utopia in the posthumously and anonymously published The Man in the Moone: Or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither by Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (1638). There is considerable debate over the date of composition, some suggesting it was written as early as 1588 after Godwin heard Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) lecture at Oxford, though most recent theories suggest it was written shortly before his death. ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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