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Killers from Space

Film (1954; vt Aliens from Space). Planet Filmways, Inc/RKO Radio Pictures. Produced and directed by W Lee Wilder. Written by William Raynor from an original story by Myles Wilder. Cast includes Barbara Bestar, John Frederick (credited as John Mitchell), Frank Gerstle, Peter Graves and James Seay. Narrator: Mark Scott. 71 minutes. Black and white. / While observing an atomic ...

Steiger, Brad

Writing pseudonym of US author Eugene E Olson (1936-2018), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Three Tales for the Horrid at Heart" for Fantastic in January 1963 and has since written much supposed nonfiction in the field of UFOs, Alien abduction, the paranormal, the reality of Atlantis, and so forth [not listed below]. His novels tend to deal with these and related ...

Out of the Unknown

UK tv series (1965-1971). BBC TV. Produced by Irene Shubik (seasons 1 and 2), Alan Bromly (seasons 3 and 4). Script editor Irene Shubik (seasons 1 and 2), Roger Parkes (seasons 3 and 4). Writers included Terry Nation, J B Priestley, Troy Kennedy Martin, Clive Exton, Julian Bond, Nigel Kneale and Robert Muller. Directors included Michael Ferguson, Peter ...

Andrews, John Williams

(1898-1975) US poet whose book-length sf poem, A.D. Twenty-One Hundred: A Narrative of Space (1969 chap) (see Poetry), is a kind of Future History of the next century or so, tracing the sophistication of Space Flight as the Moon is settled and Faster Than Light starships explore the Godless void; the poem closes in a ...

Peck, Bradford

(1853-1935) US businessman – he was President of a department store in Lewiston, Maine – and author of The World a Department Store: A Story of Life under a Cooperative System (1900), a Sleeper Awakes tale written under the influence of Edward Bellamy; the protagonist, revived in 1925, find himself in the great Cooperative City of Maine, a Utopia built in the shape of an ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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