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Film (1989). Wild Street Pictures. Directed by Brian Yuzna. Written by Woody Keith, Rick Fry. Cast includes Devin DeVasquez, Ben Meyerson and Bill Warlock. 99 minutes. Colour. / "Society" (as in the upper classes) is an Alien race, parasitic on humanity (as in the poor), that has been around as long as humans have, but we learn this only at the end. In the tradition of 1980s schlock/surrealist horror cinema (e.g., Re-Animator [1985]), there is gross bad taste, but the film is unusual in the ...

Elliott, Kate

Pseudonym of US author Alis A Rasmussen (1958-    ), who has written as Kate Elliott since 1992. Under her own name, her first novel, The Labyrinth Gate (1988), is a tale of considerable interest, delineating a believably matrilineal fantasy world. The Highroad Trilogy – comprising A Passage of Stars (1990), Revolution's Shore (1990) and The Price of Ransom (1990) – depicts the interstellar adventures of its young female protagonist, who sets out to search for ...

Big Little Books

Compact children's book format inaugurated in late 1932 by the Whitman Publishing Company (Racine, Wisconsin) with The Adventures of Dick Tracy (graph 1932) and widely imitated by other publishers. A typical Big Little Book had a width of 3 5/8 inches and a height of 4½ inches, with 432 pages making a fat little volume 1½ inches thick (roughly 9.2 cm x 11.4 cm x 3.8cm). Every page of text was faced by a full-page captioned picture. Many Juvenile Series appeared in Big Little Book ...

Martin, John S

(1900-1977) US editor – a senior figure in Time magazine from 1924 until after World War Two – and author, whose Near Future sf novel, General Manpower (1938), told as a Future History from a twenty-first-century perspective, depicts a world challenged by General Manpower, a corporation founded to develop J Orestes Jones's Invention of procedures based on strict Eugenics that translate normal people into obedient Supermen. After Jones creates a regimented Utopia in Baja California ...

Ellis, Lindsay

(1984-    ) US film director, online content creator, journalist and author whose first novel, Awoken (2013) with Elisa Hanson and Nella Inserra, all writing as Serra Elinsen, is a spoofish paranormal romance whose protagonist falls in love with all things Cthulhu (see Cthulhu Mythos; H P Lovecraft). Her first solo novel Axiom's End (2020) extracts some UFO material out of the SF Megatext, though it focuses perhaps more interestingly on a kind of sequel to the initial First ...

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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