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On the Beach

1. BBC Radio dramatization by Mike Walker in the Classic Serial anthology programme, as On the Beach (1957). / 2. Film (1959). Lomitas Productions/United Artists. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Written by John Paxton, based on On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute. Cast includes Fred Astaire, Guy Doleman, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck and Anthony Perkins. 134 minutes. Black and white. / 1964, the Near Future: only Australia has survived a global nuclear World War Three. This merely prolongs the ...

Queffélec, Henri

(1910-1992) French author, known mainly for novels about the sea, for which he became famous; of sf interest is a Near Future tale, Combat contre l'invisible (1958; trans Jonathan Griffin as Frontier of the Unknown 1960), set in a nuclear plant under construction, and examining with clear ironical intent his protagonist's faith that – despite upswelling conflicts – Reason will prevail, once the combatants stop to see it. [JC] see also: Nuclear Energy. /

Media Landscape

The degree to which Communications technology (and foreseeable future extensions of it) was replacing the natural world with a "media landscape" was scarcely noticed until the 1950s. Coined to denote a world dominated by the images of Advertising and the popular arts (among which sf images, especially the iconography of movies and magazine covers, loomed large), the phrase was initially used to describe the obsessions of Pop artists and media critics such as Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), Andy ...

Ohlson, Hereward

(1907-1955) UK author of the Thunderbolt Children's SF sequence comprising Thunderbolt of the Spaceways (1954) and Thunderbolt and the Rebel Planet: The Captain of the Spaceways Leads an Expedition to the Strange World of Pluvius (1954), both being undemanding Space Operas. [JC]

Struck by Lightning

US tv series (1979). Fellows-Keegan Company/Paramount Television for CBS-TV. Based on characters created by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in Frankenstein (1818; rev 1831). Produced by Michael Friedman. Director Joel Zwick. Writers included Bruce Kelish, Phillip John Taylor, Michael Russnow. Cast includes Jeff Cotler (Brian), Jack Elam, Bill Erwin (Glen Diamond), Jeffrey Kramer, Millie Slavin (Nora) and Richard Stahl (Walt Colvin). Eleven 30-minute episodes; cancelled after three episodes in US, ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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