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Chilton, Charles

(1917-2013) UK Radio producer and scriptwriter whose three sf novels comprise a rewrite into novel form of his three-part BBC radio series, Journey Into Space (1953-1956), which he produced and wrote, and which were – and have remained through rebroadcasts – extremely popular. The individual volumes are Journey Into Space (1954), novelizing the first story (broadcast 21 September 1952 to 19 January 1954); The Red Planet (1956), novelizing the second series (broadcast 6 September ...

Incredible Melting Man, The

Film (1977). Quartet Productions/AIP. Written and directed by William Sachs. Additional dialogue Rebecca Ross. Cast includes Michael Aldredge, Burr DeBenning, Alex Rebar and Ann Sweeny. 84 minutes. Colour. / By 1977 the idea of an astronaut returning to Earth after being contaminated by some dread space infection or irradiation was well and truly a Clichéd subgenre of the Monster Movie, an early and effective example being The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). This time around the ...

Last of Us, The

Videogame (2013). Naughty Dog. Designed by Bruce Straley, Neil Druckmann. Platforms: PS3. / In the future, Zombies will rule the Earth. This apocalyptic scenario is a common preoccupation of early twenty-first century pop culture, the central conceit of works ranging from Max Brooks's novel World War Z (2006) – filmed as World War Z (2013) – to Robert Kirkman's Comic (later a television series and Videogame) The Walking Dead (2003-current). In the action Adventure The Last of ...

Teenagers from Outer Space

US film (1959; vt Invasion of the Gargon; vt The Gargon Terror; vt The Ray Gun Terror UK). Tom Graeff Productions/Warner Brothers Pictures. Directed and produced by Tom Graeff. Written by Graeff. Cast includes Dawn Bender (credited as Dawn Anderson), Harvey B Dunn (Gramps Morgan), Tom Graeff (credited as Tom Lockyear – Joe Rogers), Bryan Grant, David Love, King Moody (spacecraft captain) and Gene Sterling. 86 minutes cut to 72 minutes for home video release. Black and white. / Derek ...

Eliminators

Film (1986). Altar/Empire. Produced by Charles Band. Directed by Peter Manoogian. Written by Paul DeMeo, Danny Bilson. Cast includes Denise Crosby, Roy Dotrice, Conan Lee, Andrew Prine and Patrick Reynolds. 96 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / Enjoyable exploitation frolic whose plot defies precis, but involves a Mad Scientist (Dotrice) – who wants to become a Roman emperor – lurking in the jungle with a Time Machine; his unhappy creation, the weary Cyborg known as the ...

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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