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Invasion from Inner Earth

Film (1974; vt Hell Fire; vt They). Rebane Productions. Produced by Bill Rebane. Directed by Rebane (credited as Ito). Written by Barbara J Rebane. Cast includes Robert Arkens, Paul Bentzen, Nick Holt, Debbi Pick and Karl Wallace. 94 minutes. Colour. / After a prologue in which officials are told the situation is extremely grim and widespread, the action switches to Jake Anderson (Holt), who with his sister Sarah (Pick) runs an air transport service from Bear Creek Lodge deep in the ...

Barclay, Gabriel

A House Name used in 1940 for two stories in Astonishing Stories and Super Science Stories, one by Manly Wade Wellman and one by C M Kornbluth. [JC/PN]

Adamski, George

(1891-1965) Polish-born author, in the US from infancy, best known for his founding contributions to the UFO mythos; these, written as purported nonfiction, still have devout believers but are widely regarded as an elaborate and profitable hoax. Adamski's first publication of genre relevance was however an outright sf novel, Pioneers of Space: A Trip to the Moon, Mars and Venus (1949) as Professor (though he had no such academic qualification) George Adamski, ghostwritten for him by Lucy ...

Messingham, Simon

(?   -    ) UK stage performer and author, in the latter capacity solely of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Strange England (1994), his work tending to explore the nature of Doctor Who in his various incarnations. [JC]

Golden Age of SF

It has been said, cynically, that the Golden Age of sf is twelve. (This epigram, often wrongly ascribed or paraphrased with slightly different ages, was coined by the sf fan Peter Graham.) / Certainly there is no objective measure by which we can say that the sf of any one period was notably superior to that of any other. Nonetheless, in conventional usage (at least within Fandom) some older readers have referred to the years 1938-1946 as sf's first Golden Age, while mid-1940s SF Magazine ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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