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Phantom Planet, The

Film (1961). Four Crown Productions. Directed by William Marshall. Written by Fred De Gorter, Fred Gebhardt, William Telaak, William Marshall, based on a story by Fred Gebhardt. Cast includes Francis X Bushman, Anthony Dexter, Loretta Faith, Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Richard Kiel and Richard Weber. 82 minutes. Black and white. / Spaceships on routine missions are being destroyed by a mysterious planetoid (see Asteroids) that appears and vanishes, so astronauts Frank Chapman (Fredericks) ...

Montague, C E

(1867-1928) UK editor and journalist, with the Manchester Guardian from 1890 to 1925, a span only broken by active service in World War One; as an author he is of interest for his Future War Satire, Right Off the Map (1927), in which two Ruritanian republics, Porto and Ria, are pitted against one another at the behest of a profiteer, to little avail; some early scenes are based on an unpublished play written circa 1902, but the scenes of conflict in the mountains reflect the author's experience ...

Hutchison, Don

(1931-    ) Canadian cinematographer, editor, journalist and author, also long involved in sf Fandom in Canada; his fiction of interest is limited to one story, "Let the Serpent Beguile" (Trumpet #6 1967). The Great Pulp Heroes (1995) is a useful nonfiction study, occasionally breezy. He remains best known for his Northern Frights Original Anthology sequence beginning with Northern Frights (anth 1992; vt Northern Frights: Volume 1 2015), initially described as focusing on ...

Pausewang, Gudrun

(1928-2020) Czechoslovakia-born teacher and author, mostly in West Germany from around 1948, some of whose adult novels deal with World War Two in general and the Holocaust in particular. Of her nearly 100 titles, many are addressed to the Young Adult market, including Die Letzten Kinder von Schewenborn oder ... sieht so unsere Zukunft aus?: Erzählung (1983; trans Norman Wyatt as The Last Children of Schevenborn 1988; vt The Last Children 1989), told through the eyes of a young protagonist ...

Dai-Guard

Japanese animated tv series (1999-2000). Original title Chikyū Bōei Kigyō Dai Gādo. Xebec. Directed by Seiji Mizushima. Written by Fumihiko Shimo. Voice cast includes Akiko Hiramatsu, Shin-ichiro Miki, Kentaro Ito, Kenichi Ono and Mayumi Shintani. 26 23-minute episodes. Colour. / In 2018 Japan is attacked by a Heterodyne, a giant Monster that is defeated by OE weaponry (a nuclear bomb in all but name). To avoid using such weapons again the army commissions the 21st ...

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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