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Blue Sunshine

Film (1977). Ellanby/Blue Sunshine Co. Written and directed Jeff Lieberman. Cast includes Mark Goddard, Zalman King, Robert Walden and Deborah Winters. 95 minutes. Colour. / Lieberman's first film was a witty (if disgusting) Monster Movie, Squirm (1976) – the last word on killer worms; its novelization was Squirm (1976) by Richard A Curtis. Blue Sunshine, Lieberman's second feature, is also unusually sharp and amusing for a low-budget exploitation movie. Middle-class ex-hippies ...

Wonder Stories Quarterly

US letter-size Pulp magazine, Fall 1929 to Summer 1932, dropped to standard pulp-size Fall 1932 to Winter 1933, 14 issues, published by Hugo Gernsback's Stellar Publishing Corporation as a quarterly companion to Science Wonder Stories/Wonder Stories, the first three issues appearing as Science Wonder Quarterly. David Lasser was the managing editor. Wonder Stories Quarterly featured mostly space stories. A complete novel was featured in every issue, and the magazine was notable for its ...

Day of the Animals, The

Film (1977; vt Something Is Out There). Film Ventures International. Produced by Edward L Montoro. Directed by William Girdler. Written by William W Norton, Eleanor E Norton, and Edward L Montoro. Cast includes Michael Ansara (Daniel Santee), Christopher George, Lynda Day George and Leslie Nielsen. 97 minutes, cut to 95 minutes. Colour. / An increase in radiation reaching earth from the Sun due to ozone depletion makes all wildlife above five thousand feet go into a berserk killing frenzy. ...

Murphy, John P

(?   -    ) US engineer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Unintended Consequences" in Murphy's Blog for 11 March 2011, his best-known shorter work being the novella "The Liar" (March 2016 F&SF), whose protagonist finds that his routine dissimulations morph the world around him (see Horror in SF). Murphy's first novel, Red Noise (2020), is a Space Opera Western set on an Asteroid which seems to function as a Space Habitat; the ...

Man with Two Brains, The

Film (1983). Aspen Film Society. Directed by Carl Reiner. Written by Reiner, Steve Martin, George Gipe. Cast includes Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner and David Warner. 93 minutes, cut to 86 minutes. Colour. / Pastiche is the essence of most Steve Martin comedies; his self-indulgent acting style becomes rapidly tiresome when his performances are not focused by a good director, but Reiner is good, and this is a genuinely funny film spoofing the disembodied-brain Gothic tradition of Donovan's ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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