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This Is Not a Test

Film (1962). GPA Productions. Directed by Fredric Gadette. Written by Peter Abenheim, Fredric Gadette, and Betty Laskey. Cast includes Alan Austin, Seamon Glass, Michael Greene, Carol Kent, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Thayer Roberts, Don Spruance, Ron Starr and Norman Winston. 73 minutes. Black and white. / On a lonely desert road, Deputy Sherriff Dan Colter (Glass) learns that the Russians have launched a nuclear attack (see World War Three) and is ordered to set up a blockade to prevent ...

Beyond Westworld

US tv series (1980). MGM Television for the CBS-TV network. Created by Michael Crichton and Lou Shaw. Produced by John Meredith Lucas and Fred Freiberger. Directors include Ted Post, Paul Stanley, and Don Weis. Writers include David Carren, Howard Dimsdale, and Martin Roth. Cast includes Severn Darden, Nancy Harewood, William Jordan, Jim McMullen, Connie Sellecca and James Wainwright. Five 60-minute episodes, the last two instalments unaired. Colour. / In this follow-up to Crichton's film ...

Czolgosz, W Bill

(1970-    ) Canadian author of an Alternate World mashup, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim (2009) as with Mark Twain, in which Black slaves in early nineteenth century America are replaced with Zombies, here called baggers. Czolgosz's attempts to colonize Twain's story, with its ominous wit and astonishingly accurate rendering of several dialects of American English, are not marked by huge success. [JC]

Vedeler, Harold Torger

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose romance-infused sf novel, Intersect: a Love Story (2003), describes a Videogame that operates Virtual Reality-like directly on the minds of participants, primarily women. A World Championship intersection between the two protagonists causes emotional turmoil. [JC]

Lindsey, Johanna

(1952-2019) German-born US author of romance novels, mostly with historical settings, which regularly appeared on the New York Times bestseller list; the first was Captive Bride (1977) [not listed below]. Lindsey is of sf interest for the Ly-San-Ter trilogy opening with Warrior's Woman (1990), whose tough yet virginal female protagonist goes on an interstellar quest (with a wisecracking AI sidekick) to free her world's women from Slavery, only to meet her match in a Planetary Romance setting ...

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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