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This Is Not a Test

Film (1962). GPA Productions. Directed by Fredric Gadette. Written by Peter Abenheim, Fredric Gadette, and Betty Laskey. Cast includes Alan Austin, Seamon Glass, Michael Greene, Carol Kent, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Thayer Roberts, Don Spruance, Ron Starr and Norman Winston. 73 minutes. Black and white. / On a lonely desert road, Deputy Sherriff Dan Colter (Glass) learns that the Russians have launched a nuclear attack (see World War Three) and is ordered to set up a blockade to prevent ...

Bérard, Sylvie

(1965-    ) Canadian academic and author who began to publish work of interest in the fields of the fantastic with "Autour de l'elfe" ["Around the Elf"] for Nouvelles fraîches #3 in 1987, and who has published about forty stories since. Her first novel, Elle meurt à la fin ["She Died at the End"] (1993) with Brigitte Caron, is nonfantastic; her second, Terre des Autres (2002 Solaris #143 as "La Guerre sans temps" ["War Without Time"]; much exp 2004; trans Sheryl ...

Schroeder, Andreas

(1946-    ) German-born poet, broadcaster and author, in Canada from 1951; much of his work skirts various regions of Fantastika, including the fabulistic tales and parables assembled in The Late Man (coll 1972), his first volume of fiction, some of which are sf, and the more organized of which convey some of the surreal fixity of gaze of Franz Kafka. The protagonist of Dustship Glory (1986) builds, for reasons governed by his prophetic instincts, a ship in the Canadian ...

Cawdron, Peter

(1967-    ) New Zealand-born author, in Australia for many years, whose early novels, beginning with The Road to Hell (2011 ebook), seem usually to have been self-published until the teens of the twenty-first century, most of his stories being Space Operas heavy on action, often involving First Contact. An early example, Anomaly (2011), which is set on Earth, involves the arrival of Aliens whose civilization is aeons in advance of ours; a later title, Losing Mars (2018), ...

Platt, Charles

(1945-    ) UK-born author and editor, in the USA from 1970; he was born Charles Michael Platt but legally abandoned his middle name on becoming a US citizen; he has also published as by Aston Cantwell, Robert Clarke, Charlotte Prentiss and Blakely St James; married to Nancy Weber (see Lindsay West) 1977-circa 1980. Initially active in sf Fandom, writing Fanzines during this early 1960s period, he began publishing sf with "One of Those Days" for the December 1964-January ...

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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