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Film (1985). Cannon. Directed by Tobe Hooper. Written by Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby, based on The Space Vampires (1976) by Colin Wilson. Cast includes Frank Finlay, Peter Firth, Mathilda May, Steve Railsback and Patrick Stewart. 101 minutes. Colour. / Astronauts exploring Halley's Comet discover three humanoid Alien bodies in suspended animation in crystal containers in a derelict alien Spaceship, and recover them. All but one of the astronauts die; the strange bodies awaken back in London, ...

Ashley, Allen

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing fiction of genre interest with the horror tale, "Dead to the World" as by Allen A Lucas in Fantasy Tales for Winter 1982, and who published frequently in the 1990s; much of this material is assembled in Somnambulists (coll 2004). A short novel, The Planet Suite (1996 chap), is characteristically built around loose permutations – less rigorous than Oulipo, but certainly sufficiently evident to register the novel ...

Olney, Ross R

(1929-    ) US author, anthologist and newspaper reporter and columnist who has published over 180 books in his career, mostly nonfiction on various subjects for juvenile audiences, ranging from automobiles to Space Flight. Olney is of some sf interest for a reprint Anthology aimed at teenage readers, Tales of Time and Space (anth 1969). This contains stories by Poul Anderson, Fredric Brown, Jack Finney, Robert Silverberg and others. Olney also edited the Horror anthology ...

Purple Monster Strikes, The

Serial Film (1945; cut vt D-Day on Mars 1966). Republic Pictures. Produced by Ronald Davidson. Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennett and Fred C Brannon. Written by Royal Cole, Albert DeMond, Basil Dickey, Lynne Perkins, Joseph Poland, and Barney Sarecky. Cast includes Roy Barcroft, James Craven, John Davidson, Bud Geary, Dennis Moore and Linda Stirling. 15 chapters, 201 minutes total. Cut to 100 minutes for television. Black and white. / From his observatory, Dr Cyrus Layton (Craven) sees what ...

First Men in the Moon

Film (1964). Columbia. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by Nathan Juran. Written by Nigel Kneale, Jan Read, from The First Men in the Moon (1901) by H G Wells. Cast includes Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries and Edward Judd. 107 minutes, cut to 103 minutes. Colour. / This watered-down version of Wells's classic novel is for the most part low farce, with too much random slaughtering of Selenite aliens, but still contrives to be entertaining. An eccentric Victorian inventor who has ...

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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