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Stewart, Ritson

(?   -    ) UK author who, with Stanley Stewart (their relationship, along with everything else about them, is unknown), published The Professor's Last Experiment (1888), in which a scientifically superior Alien from Mars arrives on Earth but is captured by a vivisectionist, who – inspired by a misapprehension of the workings of Evolution – chops off the visitor's wings as an experiment. [JC]

Jupiter [magazine]

UK Amateur Magazine edited and published by Ian Redman, Yeovil, Somerset. It was published on a reliable quarterly schedule from Summer (July) 2003 in print form – also since #32 (April 2011) – downloadable in digital form – until is ceased publication with #41 (October 2015). The paper version was a slim (32 pages) A5 format, unprepossessing with a black-and-white cover but no other artwork; colour covers appeared only rarely, beginning with the fifth anniversary issue #21 ...

Moon [film]

Film (2009). Liberty Films UK in association with Xingu Films and Limelight/Lunar Industries. Directed by Duncan Jones. Written by Nathan Parker; story by Jones. Cast includes Dominique McElligott, Sam Rockwell, Kaya Scodelario and Kevin Spacey (voice). 97 minutes. Colour. / In the Near Future, a new Power Source – fusion fuelled by lunar helium-3 – has solved Earth's energy problems. Sam Bell (Rockwell) is coming to the end of his three-year tenure as the sole human supervising ...

Hard Time on Planet Earth

US tv series (1989). Demos-Bard/Shanachie Productions/Touchstone Television for CBS-TV. Produced by Janice Cooke Leonard, Michael Piller, and Rick Rondell. Directors included Bill Corcoran, Michael Lange, Robert Mandell, Piller, and Al Waxman. Writers included Bruce Cervi, E Jack Kaplan, Nicholas Corea, and Piller. Cast includes Martin Kove and Danny Mann. 13 60-minute episodes. Colour. / An Alien warrior from an unnamed planet is convicted of taking part in a rebellion against his home ...


US Fanzine, edited by Richard E Geis; begun 1953; after 20 issues retitled Science Fiction Review for three issues in 1955; then stopped publishing. Geis resumed it with Psychotic #21 in 1967, then again changed the title to Science Fiction Review from #28. It was by this time printing more serious reviews and interviews, though its main feature remained Geis's amusing, rambling, personal comments. As Science Fiction Review it won a Hugo for Best Fanzine in 1969 and 1970; in its first ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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