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Panico en el Transiberiano

Film (1972; vt Horror Express; vt Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express). Granada/Benmar. Directed by Eugenio Martin. Written by Arnaud d'Usseau, Julian Halevey. Cast includes Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Telly Savalas. 90 minutes, cut to 88 minutes. Colour. / In this Spanish/UK coproduction the year is 1906. The body of an apparent "missing link", dug up in China by an anthropologist (Lee), comes to life on the Trans-Siberian Express and turns out to be an Alien who crash-landed on ...


Well-known Term denoting the ambulant, Poison-stinging, vegetable Monsters which harass the mostly blinded remnants of humanity in John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; rev 1951; orig version vt Revolt of the Triffids 1952), filmed as The Day of the Triffids (1963) and adapted as the BBC TV serial The Day of the Triffids (1981). In the novel, triffids seem to possess some form of dim Hive-Mind intelligence, a point ...

Fowler, George

(?   -?   ) US author – his identity is uncertain – of an early American example of Proto SF, A Flight to the Moon; or, The Vision of Randalthus (1813); though it is an angel which transports the protagonist to the Moon in what turns out to be a dream. Randalthus's observations are rationalist within that frame, and include speculations on Evolution and the death of the Sun, which he also visits. [JC]

Pianeta Errante, Il

["The Wandering Planet"] Film (1966; vt War Between the Planets). Mercury Film International/Southern Cross Productions. Directed by Antonio Margheriti credited as Anthony Dawson. Written by Renato Moretti and Ivan Reiner. Cast includes Ombretta Colli, Enzo Fiermonte, Pietro Martellanza, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Goffredo Unger and Halina Zalewska. 80 minutes. Colour. / As Earth is ravaged by unexplained landslides, earthquakes, and tidal waves, Scientists speculate that it may be caused by a ...

Ad Astra

UK magazine, in A4 format, published by Rowlot Ltd, edited by James Manning, 16 issues, bimonthly, October/November 1978 to September/October 1981, only first two issues dated. Its subtitle, "Britain's First ScienceFact/ScienceFiction Magazine", contained the seeds of its eventual demise: Ad Astra attempted to cover too many fields, most in no real depth. The fiction, about two stories an issue – mainly from UK authors, including John Brunner, Garry Kilworth, David Langford and Ian Watson ...

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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