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People Who Own the Dark, The

Spanish/US film (1976; 1980 US). Original title Ultimo deseo; vt Planeta Ciego. Cinematic Releasing Corporation (US). Produced by Jorge Luis Renena Tomayo (Spain), Sean S Cunningham (US). Directed by Léon Klimovsky. Written by Gabriel Moreno Burgos (credited as Gabriel Burgos), Vicenta Aranda and Joaquim Jordà. Cast includes Alberto de Mendoza, Teresa Gimpera, Nadiuska, Paul Naschy (credited as Paul MacKay), Tomás Picó and Julia Saly. 94 minutes; cut to 82 minutes ...

Curtis, Philip

(1920-2012) UK teacher and author who is best known for the Mr Browser sequence of Young Adult sf novels, beginning with Mr Browser and the Brain Sharpeners (1979; vt Invasion of the Brain Sharpeners 1981), which comically, though sometimes pedantically, engage teachers and others with various challenges, some of them instigated by Aliens. The eponymous villains of Mr Browser and the Space Maggots (1989) are for instance responsible for the environmental deterioration of planet Earth towards ...

Carruth, Shane

(1972-    ) US filmmaker, with a background in mathematics and software engineering, whose debut feature Primer (2004), a bravura exercise in frugal filmmaking inspired by the $7000 budget claimed for fellow Texan Robert Rodriguez' debut El Mariachi (1992), remains the most complex, oblique, and viewer-challenging Time Travel film yet attempted; that its intricate spaghetti tangle of Time Loops has proved unwindable at all is largely an achievement of the crowdsourced ...

Ferguson, Brad

Working name of US radio executive and author Bradley Michael Ferguson (1953-    ), who remains known mainly for four Star Trek Ties: Crisis on Centaurus (1986), A Flag Full of Stars (1991), Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Stand (1995) and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy 13: The Haunted Starship (1997) with Kathi Ferguson (his wife, who is a scientist). He has also written one independent title, The World Next Door (1990), in which a Post-Holocaust Earth is set as an ...


Film (1992, but released 1993). Fortress Films/Village Roadshow Pictures/Davis Entertainment Production. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Steve Feinberg, Troy Neighbors. Cast includes Jeffrey Combs, Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Towles and Vernon Wells. 95 minutes. Colour. / In a Near-Future and apparently semi-fascist USA it is illegal to have more than one child, and ex "Black Beret" soldier John Brennick ...

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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