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Unearthly Stranger

Film (1963). A Julian Wintel-Leslie Parkyn Production/Independent Artists/AIP. Directed by John Krish. Written by Rex Carlton. Cast includes Gabriella Licudi, Jean Marsh, Warren Mitchell, John Neville and Philip Stone. 74 minutes. Black and white. / In this low-key, unpretentious UK sf film a space Scientist gradually realizes that his wife (who sleeps with her eyes open) is an Alien, one of many who are infiltrating Earth (see Invasion) and wiping out the scientists first. She is ordered ...

Molyneux, William

(1656-1698) Irish politician, scientist, soldier, philosopher, author of several speculative works; as a text that evokes Proto SF topoi, Dioptrica Nova: A Treatise of Dioptrics: in Two Parts [for full title see Checklist] (1692) is of sf interest for its inclusion of a kind of Fantastic Voyage to the Moon and other planets, though it is made solely at remote control, via telescope. [JC]

Hollow, The

Canadian animated tv series (2018-2020). Slap Happy Cartoons. Creators and Executive Producers Josh Mepham, Kathy Antonsen Rocchio, Greg Sullivan and Vito Viscomi. Directed by Josh Mepham and Greg Sullivan. Writers include Whitney Ralls, Laura Sreebny, Steve Sullivan and Vito Viscomi. Voice cast includes Ashleigh Ball, Connor Parnall and Adrian Petriw. Twenty 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Three teenagers awaken in a room with Amnesia due to a Memory Edit. In their pockets are name cards: ...

Dickberry, F

Pseudonym of French/Scottish author Fernande Blaze de Bury (?   -1931), so identified in the 25 October 1905 San Francisco Call and perhaps elsewhere. Her first novel, The Storm of London: A Social Rhapsody (1904), casually conflates sf and fantasy tropes in its depiction of a London where, after a giant storm, all fabrics have been permanently destroyed, including clothing and books. Paying no attention to the Sex-related implications of universal nakedness, the tale focuses ...

Hollow Earth

The concept of the Earth as a hollow, spherical shell with a habitable, internal concave surface accessible through polar openings or caves, or by mechanical bores, has long been a significant motif in sf. The idea's dual origins, from Religion and Pseudoscience, are still potent. Traditionally Hell was sited inside the Earth, a notion that persisted at least until the eighteenth century, when a theologian proposed that Earth's rotation was caused by the damned scrambling to escape from Hell. ...

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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