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Mystery Science Theater 3000

US tv series (1988-1999; vt MST3K; vt MST 3000). Best Brains Inc, KTMA (1998), Comedy Central (1989-1996), HBO Downtown Productions (1992-1996), The Sci-Fi Channel (1997-1999). Created by Joel Hodgson. Directors include Jim Mallon and Kevin Murphy. Writers include Trace Beaulieu, Paul Chaplin, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Bridget Jones, Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Michael J Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl. Cast includes Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Bill Corbett, Joel Hodgson, Jim ...

Space Stories

US Pulp magazine. Five bimonthly issues October 1952 to June 1953, published by Standard Magazines as a companion to Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories; edited by Samuel Mines. Its policy, like that of Startling Stories, was to feature a complete novel in every issue. To some degree, as Startling's contents steadily ...


Ukrainian film studio founded in 1943 which initially produced science documentaries (the name is a contraction of Kiev Science Films), but in 1959 Irina Gurvich, Ippolit Lazarchuk and Nina Vasilenko opened an animation workshop that, until its closure in 1998, made over 300 films, mainly shorts, usually for television. Ukrainian animation had began in 1927 with Vyacheslav Levandovskiy's The Chaff Goby (original title Solomennyi Biychok), but was ...


Film (2009). Constantin Film/Impact Pictures. Produced by Paul W S Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, directed by Christian Alvart. Written by Travis Milloy, based on a story by Alvart and Milloy. Cast includes Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid and Antje Traue. 103 minutes. Colour. / An unremarkable but effective entry into the canon of "monster in a tin can" space Horror films, as exemplified by ...

LeVay, Simon

(1943-    ) UK author of Albrick's Gold (1998), an sf Satire in which a "cure" for homosexual Sex impulses is introduced by a homophobe. [JC]

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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