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Man from Planet X, The

Film (1951). Mid-Century Films. Directed by Edgar G Ulmer. Written by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen. Cast includes Raymond Bond, Robert Clarke, Margaret Field and William Schallert. 70 minutes. Black and white. / As the wandering Planet X approaches Earth, an Alien (actor unknown and uncredited) from the planet lands his Spaceship at the place where his world will come closest to Earth, in rural Scotland. This location has also attracted an astronomer, Professor Elliot (Bond), seeking ...

MacDonald, Alexander

(1878-1939) UK author, latterly resident in Australia, whose The Lost Explorers: A Story of the Trackless Desert (1907) is a Lost Race set in the mountainous Australian outback, where traces of the ancient civilization of Lemuria are found lingering in decadent aborigines. Through the Heart of Tibet (1910) has also been incorrectly cited as a Lost Race novel. [JC]

Weisinger, Mort

(1915-1978) US editor, actively involved in sf Fandom from the early 1930s, editing Fantasy Magazine, the leading Fanzine of its day; he also sold a few sf stories, starting with "The Price of Peace" for Amazing in November 1933 (this may have been preceded by a chapbook edition from Solar Publications, an imprint of Conrad H Ruppert's The ARRA Printers – see Small Presses and Limited Editions – but its existence has not been confirmed). In 1931, at a meeting of the Scienceers sf ...

Motta, Luigi

(1881-1955) Italian author, prolific for many years, beginning with several tales in collaboration with the already famous Emilio Salgari (1862-1911). Much of Motta's sf output is not identified here, though La Principessa delle rose (1911; trans William Collinge as The Princess of the Roses 1919) gained some English-language readers for its Prediction of World War One, which he describes in grim terms. The Near Future Il tunnel sottomarino ["The Tunnel Under the Sea"] (1914) is typically ...

Black Magic M-66

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1987). Based on the Manga by Masamune Shirow. AIC. Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. Written by Masamune Shirow. Voice cast includes Ichiro Nagai, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Chisa Yokoyama. 47 minutes. Colour. / When a sabotaged military aircraft crashes into a forest, the two M-66 anti-personnel automated soldiers (see Androids) it carries escape. Created by Professor Matthew (Nagai), these were loaded with an experimental assassination program: as it 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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