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Cherez Ternii – K Zvyozdam

Film (1980; vt Per Aspera ad Astra). Maxim Gorki Studio. Directed by Richard Viktorov. Written by Kir Bulychev, Viktorov. Cast includes Vatzlav Dvorzhetsky, Vadim Ledogorov, Uldis Lieldidzh and Elena Metyolkina. In two parts, 40 minutes and 78 minutes. Colour. / This pretentious, rather naive, Soviet young-adult sf movie typifies many of Bulychev's themes and approaches. It begins well, with a "space Mowgli" – the alien girl Niia – being found by an Earth expedition on a ...

Walling, William

(1926-2021) US aerospace engineer, technical writer and fiction author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Rings on her Fingers" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for September 1970; further stories followed in the same magazine, in Galaxy and in Analog. In his first sf novel, No One Goes There Now (1971), a distorted human culture on a colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) finds itself confronting Aliens who will not abide our games of violence. The ...

North, Franklin H

(?   -?   ) US journalist and author of The Awakening of Noahville (1898) a spoofish sf adventure tale, almost certainly derived from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), in which two vagabonds become the scamp hirelings of Carolus Rex, ruler of a Lost Race kingdom somewhere adrift of New Mexico. There is a Robot, and Inventions galore, but modernization is resisted, and all ends in a slapstick War. [JC]

Devil-Doll, The

Film (1936). MGM. Directed by Tod Browning. Written by Browning, Garrett Fort, S Guy Endore, Erich von Stroheim, based on Burn, Witch, Burn! (1933) by A Merritt and "The Witch of Timbuctoo" by Browning. Cast includes Lionel Barrymore, Frank Lawton and Maureen O'Sullivan. 79 minutes. Black and white. / In this film by the director of Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932), a man (Barrymore) wrongly convicted and sent to Devil's Island returns to Paris, where he uses Miniaturized people for ...

Szabó-Zalán, Nicholas

(?1886-?   ) Hungarian author, in active service during World War One, seemingly in Argentina from some point around 1945, after Hungary began to slip into the grasp of the USSR. Mission to Earth (1955) – whose apparent subtitle, The Book of Many Colours, appears only on the dust jacket – presents a kind of sacred drama in terms of a roughshod Equipoise. The Alien who lands his Spaceship on Earth is also St Peter on a fact-finding mission on the behalf of God. In ...

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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