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Film (2016). Jeremy Thomas and Hanway Films, Film4 and BFI present in association with Northern Ireland Screen, Ingenious Media, Scope Pictures and S Films a Recorded Picture Company production. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Written by Amy Jump from the novel High-Rise (1975) by J G Ballard. Cast includes Julia Deakin, Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Louis Suc. 119 minutes. Colour. / "Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the ...

Frost, Conrad

(1911-2005) UK author and features editor. Sf was only a minor part of his output, which was generally confined to the 1950s. He scripted Basil Blackaller's Ace O'Hara space-adventures in the Daily Dispatch, and wrote eight Rick Random pocket Comic books for the Super Detective Library, though he was here overshadowed by Harry Harrison's five contributions. In 1956 the short-lived UK sf comic Rocket included a text serial each week, written by Frost and illustrated by Harry Winslade, beginning ...

Attack of the Crab Monsters

Film (1957). Los Altos/Allied Artists. Directed by Roger Corman. Written by Charles B Griffith. Cast includes Leslie Bradley, Pamela Duncan, Richard Garland and Russell Johnson. 70 minutes cut to 64 minutes. Black and white. / Two giant crabs, mutations (see Mutants) caused by radiation from an H-bomb test on an island, scuttle out of the sea and destroy all of one and most of another expedition to the island. Eerily, they take over the minds (and voices) of their victims; it is disturbing ...

Ellison, Harlan

(1934-2018) US author, the most controversial and among the finest of those writers associated with sf whose careers began in the 1950s. For many years he insisted that he was not in fact primarily an sf writer, and indeed most of his large oeuvre is better described as nonfantastic, or Fantasy, or Horror; but his influence on the field – or more accurately perhaps his example, as he became famous through writing little but short stories (and much nonfiction) – was enormous. / ...


US/Canadian Online Magazine produced by Kevin L McPherson and Jonathon M Sullivan, which ran from April 1998 to February 2002 but of which all online record has now been lost or is inaccessible. Initially bimonthly, it saw at least seventeen issues and may have attained a monthly schedule by 2001, but the sheer workload involved at the time when there was considerable flux in the world may have contributed to its demise. It paid a graduated rate to contributors so is classified as a ...

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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