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Film (1970). Herman Cohen Productions/Warner Bros. Directed by Freddie Francis. Written by Aben Kandel, based on a story by John Gilling, Peter Bryan. Cast includes Joe Cornelius, Joan Crawford, Michael Gough and Bernard Kay. 93 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / A troglodyte or caveman survival (Cornelius) is discovered in a cavern, and investigated by an Anthropologist (Crawford, in her last performance). All the innocent-in-the-modern-world Clichés feature as the bewildered ...

Barton, William R

(1950-    ) US author who has concentrated for most of his career on sf novels set in Space Opera arenas; within this normally expansive frame, he tends to focus on intimate venues, where stressful interactions amongst sometimes dysfunctional characters give a dark, closet-drama feel to his tales. His first novel, however, Hunting on Kunderer (1973), traditionally confronts humans with Alien natives on a dangerous new planet; A Plague of All Cowards (1976 dos) was also an sf ...

Hawke, Napier

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Future War tale, The Invasion That Did Not Come Off (1909). [JC]

Reid, Iain

(1981-    ) Canadian author whose novels to date, beginning with I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2016) are horror, though Fog (2018) strongly evokes Horror in SF through its frame narrative: in the Near Future, a married couple is subjected to increasingly horrific seemingly chthonic emanations after the husband is informed that he may become an astronaut in a mysterious programme, but that his wife will not be left alone. There is a sense that the future will be more than ...

Science Fiction Theatre

US tv series (1955-1957). ZIV/WRCA-TV. Produced by Ivan Tors. Hosted by Truman Bradley. Technical adviser Dr Maxwell Smith. Two seasons, 78 25 to 26-minute segments. First season colour, second season black and white. / This anthology series presented a different sf play each week. In an attempt to appeal to an adult audience, the producers went out of their way to avoid the sensationalism so prevalent in the largely juvenile-oriented sf films of the period. Unfortunately the result was ...

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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