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Hammer Horror

UK letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on middle-grade paper. One Special Collector's Edition in 1994 followed by seven monthly issues March to September 1995. Publisher: Marvel UK. Editor: Marcus Hearn. / This short-lived title was an unofficial follow-up to the magazine The House of Hammer, with somewhat more emphasis on scholarly film research. Starting life with the now rare Special Edition which provided a complete overview of the Hammer Films studio, the monthly ...

Cold Equations, The

Made-for-tv film (1996). USA Pictures/Alliance Communications Corporation/Chanticleer Films. Produced by Yoram Barzilai and Jana Sue Memel. Directed by Peter Geiger. Written by Stephen Berger, Geiger and Norman Plotkin, based on "The Cold Equations" (August 1954 Astounding) by Tom Godwin. Cast includes Billy Campbell (as Bill Campbell), Poppy Montgomery and William R Moses. 92 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in the future, Lieutenant John Barton (Campbell) is piloting a rescue mission to a ...

Blaue Palais, Das

["The Blue Palace"] German tv miniseries (1974; 1976). Produced by German Bavaria Atelier Studios in co-operation with French Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF). Created, written, and directed by Rainer Erler. Cast includes Peter Fricke, Dieter Laser, Evelyn Opela and Eva Renzi. Five 90-minute episodes, three broadcast in 1974 and two in 1976. Colour. / Named after the feudal mansion in Germany that provides its headquarters, the series' eponymous ...

Man Who Fell to Earth, The

Film (1976). British Lion/A Cinema V Release. Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Written by Paul Mayersberg, based on The Man Who Fell to Earth (1963) by Walter Tevis. Cast includes David Bowie, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Rip Torn. 140 minutes; first US showing cut to 118 minutes. Colour. / In this UK film set in the USA, the clear-cut narrative of Tevis's evocative novel – about an Alien who comes to Earth to build a spacecraft large enough to transport his native race away from his own ...

Commando Cody – Sky Marshal of the Universe

US tv series (1955; vt Commando Cody). Republic Studios/Hollywood Television Service for NBC TV. Produced by Mel Tucker, Franklyn Adreon, directed by Fred Bannon, Harry Keller. Written by Ronald Davidson, Barry Shipman. Cast includes Judd Holdren and Aline Towne. Twelve 25-minute episodes shown weekly. Black and white. / Despite the title, the hero of this short-lived children's Television series was more likely to be found riding in a four-door sedan than travelling around the Universe. A ...

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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