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1. Film (1984). Delphi Productions II/Columbia. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Bruce A Evans, Raynold Gideon (and Dean Riesner, uncredited). Cast includes Karen Allen, Jeff Bridges, Richard Jaeckel and Charles Martin Smith. 115 minutes. Colour. / Carpenter ventured into Spielberg territory in this sweet – possibly saccharine – story of a wide-eyed innocent arriving from space. The Starman (Bridges), first seen as a ball of light, exactly recreates himself in the image of ...

Cast, P C

(1960-    ) US author, almost exclusively of Young Adult fantasy, much of it with her daughter Kristin Cast in the House of Night sequence beginning with Marked (2007), set in an Alternate History version of America inhabited by both homo sapiens and "vampyres" (see Vampires); she also collaborated on a sequel series, the House of Night: Other World sequence beginning with Loved (2017). For further details on these series see Kristin Cast. [JC]

Space Wars Heroes

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts and Press. Editor: probably Jeffrey Goodman. Three bimonthly issues, 1979. / This Fass publication focused somewhat more heavily on Television than its stablemates, covering such programmes as Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) and The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982). In other ways it differed little from its companion publications. [GSt] see also: Media Magazines. /

Marsh, Carl

(?   -?   ) UK author of And Wars Shall Cease (1939), an sf novel set in an undefinably distant Near Future where the good news heralded in its title has come to pass, perhaps through spiritual means. [JC]

Kissick, Lucy

(?   -    ) UK planetary geochemist in the nuclear industry and author whose first novel, Plutoshine (2022), describes with numerate intensity the attempted Terraforming of Pluto (see Outer Planets) by a team of scientists and others troubled by evidences of sabotage. There is a remoteness to the telling that evokes the latter-day Scientific Romance, though the ending is moderately upbeat. [JC]

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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