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Stone, Charles John

(1837-1886) UK author of nonfiction works about the origins of religion, and of What Happened After the Battle of Dorking; Or, the Victory of Tunbridge Wells (1871 chap) anonymous, a response to the grim Battle of Dorking scenario as argued so alarmingly by George T Chesney. In this case the successful reversal of Britain's defeat is placed in Tunbridge Wells, Kent; the tale is told by a participant to his grandson, fifty years hence. [JC]

Ghosts of Mars

Film (2001). Screen Gems presents a Storm King production. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Larry Sulkis & Carpenter. Cast includes Joanna Cassidy, Ice Cube, Clea Duvall, Pam Grier, Natasha Henstridge and Jason Statham. 93 minutes. Colour. / In 2176, colonists mining a part-terraformed and irrelevantly matriarchal Mars activate the dormant bodiless form of a windborne native intelligence, which possesses the colonists' bodies and turns them lethally against the human invaders of ...

It Came from Outer Space

Film (1953). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Harry Essex, based on a screen treatment by Ray Bradbury. Cast includes Richard Carlson, Charles Drake and Barbara Rush. 80 minutes. 3-D. Black and white. / This was Arnold's, and Universal's, first venture into the sf/Horror genre; it was also the first sf film to exploit a desert location (here the Mojave Desert), and the first 3-D film released in wide-screen format. Research by Bill Warren, in Keep Watching the Skies! Volume 1 ...

Silver Screen Horror

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint paper. Published by Robert C Sproul as Globe Communications. No editor named. One issue, May 1977. / This magazine, apparently intended as a one-time only publication, included many black and white photos from vintage Horror and sf films, with brief articles about them. Featured productions include The Fly (1958), The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and This Island Earth (1955). Collectors should note that the cover lists the title ...


Italian prog-rock band who mastered a near-chaotic jazz-rock fusion style that many find musically sophisticated, although it may baffle others. Their work is characterized by a Marxist-Leninist perspective on the failures of western capitalism that was uncompromising, and sometimes incomprehensible – the original vocalist Demetrios Stratos (1945-1979) sang in Italian, in Arabic, in his native Greek and sometimes in a spontaneous gibberish of yawps and growls. Arbeit Mach Frei (1973) and ...

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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