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Film (1989). No Frills/Wilson-Maddock/Universal. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by Ron Underwood. Written by S S Wilson, Brent Maddock from a story by Wilson, Maddock, Underwood. Cast includes Kevin Bacon, Finn Carter and Fred Ward. 96 minutes. Colour. / A thinly populated valley in the Nevada desert is ravaged by 4 monstrous subterranean worm creatures, apparently possessed of some intelligence, which are finally destroyed by the courage and wit of the handful of local ...

Paine, Albert Bigelow

(1861-1937) US author best remembered as Mark Twain's confidant, whose posthumous works he unconscionably tampered with before publication: The Mysterious Stranger (1916) was cobbled together from three separate manuscripts. Mark Twain's Autobiography (1924 2vols) was savagely cut, expurgated, and entirely restructured. / Paine was primarily a writer and editor of children's fiction, though two of his adult novels are of sf interest. The Mystery of Evelin Delorme: A Hypnotic Story (1894) ...

Wintle, Harold

(1870-1941) UK journalist and author whose The Cleansing of the "Lords" (1906) verges non-mimetic Politics in its depiction of the British government's apparent involvement in an ivory trade trust; Until That Day (1912) suggests that a dysfunctional Near Future Britain might return to sanity with the restoration of the monarchy; The Masked Battery (1927) is a fantasy about a magic spring discovered in London which causes instant Amnesia. [JC]

Whedon, Joss

(1964-    ) US filmmaker, who has also worked to particular impact in television and comics. His father and grandfather had both worked as screenwriters and lyricists, and two brothers and a sister-in-law followed him into the business, often as his co-writers. His first writing jobs were in television, where he wrote episodes for the third season of Roseanne (1989-90) and for the short-lived television version of Parenthood (1990). His first filmed screenplay was Buffy the ...

Pittock, Mrs M A Weeks

(1856-1915) US author of a Feminist Utopia, The God of Civilization: A Romance (1890), in which mutual false "gods" – the rigid ideals that define and divide the sexes – are transcended; something like sexual freedom ensues. [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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