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Back to the Future

Film (1985). Amblin Entertainment/Universal. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg among the executive producers. Written by Zemeckis, Bob Gale. Cast includes Michael J Fox, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas F Wilson. 116 minutes. Colour. / One of the major sf hits of the 1980s, Back to the Future is a disarming, calculated and intelligent comedy about Time Travel. Teenage guitar-playing Marty (Fox), son of a tacky and ineffectual mother and father (Thompson ...

Roberts, Jane

(1929-1984) US author perhaps best remembered for such speculative works as Dialogues of the Soul & Mortal Self in Time (1975), which take the form of a series of connected poems based, as was much of her voluminous speculative works, on lessons she claimed were channelled through her by an entity known as Seth. She began publishing work of genre interest with "The Red Wagon" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in December 1956. Her sf novel The Rebellers (1963 dos) provides a ...

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 ...

World War Z

Film (2013). Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films present a Plan B Entertainment production. Directed by Marc Forster. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof; story by Carnahan and J Michael Straczynski, based on Max Brooks's World War Z (2006). Cast includes Ludi Boeken, Peter Capaldi, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, Daniella Kertesz, Fana Mokoena, David Morse and Brad Pitt. 116 ...

Redd, David

(1946-    ) Welsh author, exclusively of short fiction, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Way to London Town" in New Worlds for July 1966. Never prolific, he has published something over three dozen stories in SF Magazines and Original Anthologies from 1966 to 2018. Two have appeared in translation as by David Reed, an error rather than an intended pseudonym. Notable stories include "The House on Hollow Mountain" (May 1982 F&SF), a tale of benevolent ...

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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