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Apollo 18

Film (2011). Dimension Films and Timur Bekmambetov present a Bekmambetov Projects Ltd production. Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego. Written by Brian Miller. Cast includes Andrew Airlie, Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa, Lloyd Owen and Ryan Robbins. 86 minutes. Colour. / A Spacesuit Film in which US astronauts encounter Aliens on the Moon. / "We're witnessing what could be evidence of extraterrestrial contact." / Good aliens are hard to find. Where some register as Monsters or ...

Amazing Stories Science Fiction Novel

US Digest-size magazine. One undated issue, June 1957, published by Ziff-Davis; edited (uncredited) by Paul W Fairman. This was to be a quarterly magazine printing book-length novels in imitation of Galaxy Science Fiction Novels. The only novel was Henry Slesar's routine novelization of the film 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957). [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Shaver, Richard S

(1907-1975) US author, author of some sf stories (some under the House Name Paul Lohrman) but now remembered almost exclusively for his hoax-like sequence of Shaver Mystery stories, presented as based on fact, published in Raymond A Palmer's Amazing Stories 1945-1947, beginning with "I Remember Lemuria" in March 1945 (see Theosophy). It brought over 2500 letters in response, and the sequence boosted Amazing's circulation though at the same time alienating many fans; the June 1947 Amazing was an ...

Universe [game]

Videogame (1983). Omnitrend Software (OS). Designed by Thomas Carbone, William Leslie III. Platforms: Atari8 (1983); AppleII (1984); DOS (1987). / Universe, a largely text-based game with some outline graphics which is played in turns, is an interesting precursor to the space exploration form of Space Sim, of which the first true example was Elite (1984). As in a space exploration game, players each possess their own spacecraft but must mine, trade, transport cargo and passengers and ...

Princess Mononoke

Japanese animated film (1997). Original title Mononoke Hime. Studio Ghibli. Directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Voice cast includes Yuriko Ishida, Yōji Matsuda, Akihiro Miwa, Sumi Shimamoto and Yūko Tanaka. 134 minutes. Colour. / In fifteenth- or sixteenth-century Japan, Prince Ashitaka (Matsuda) kills the maddened boar god (see Gods and Demons) attacking his village. During the fight his arm is poisoned: it now has increased strength but, untreated, will eventually kill him. ...

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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