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Murzilka na Sputnike

["The Pilot of Sputnik"] Film (1960). A Soyuzmultfilm production. Directed by Yevgeny Raikovsky and Boris Stepantsev. Written by Yevgeny Agranovich, Lev Arkadyev and Raisa Frichinskaya. Animated by Galina Barinova, Alexander Beliakov, Vladimir Karp, Fedor Khitruk, Victor Likhachev, Victor Nikitin, Anatoly Petrov, Anatoly Savchenko, I Sidorova, Tatiana Taranovich and Vladimir Zarubin. Part of the Priklyucheniya Murzilki ["Murzilka's Adventures"] series of short films, preceded by Bad Mark Again ...

Pitch Black

Film (2000). Polygram Filmed Entertainment presents an Interscope Communications production. Directed by David Twohy. Written by Jim & Ken Wheat and Twohy; story by the Wheats. Cast includes Claudia Black, Keith David, Vin Diesel, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Rhiana Griffith, Cole Hauser and Radha Mitchell. Theatrical version 110 minutes; Director's Cut 112 minutes. Colour. / Titled Nightfall in its early development, Twohy's film cheekily co-opts the premise of Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall" ...

Allaby, Michael

(1933-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfiction texts in fields like Ecology; but his The Greening of Mars (1984) with James Lovelock (of Gaia Hypothesis fame), though basically a nonfiction study of how Mars might be settled, is told as a fictionalized narrative whose tone is upliftingly Utopian. [JC]

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

US tv series (1955-1965). Shamley Productions for Revue Studios, Universal Television. Executive producer: Alfred Hitchcock. Producers were Joan Harrison and Norman Lloyd. Directors included Hitchcock, Robert Stevens, Paul Henreid, Herschel Daugherty, Norman Lloyd, Arthur Hiller, Alan Crosland Jr, James Neilson and Jus Addiss. Writers included Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, John Collier and Stirling Silliphant. 361 episodes; 268 of 25 minutes ...

Smith, Oli

(?   -    ) UK author exclusively to date associated with the Doctor Who universe, having written several Ties: Nuclear Time (2010) for the Doctor Who New Series, Decide Your Destiny: Judoon Monsoon (2010) for the Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny series, and the nonfiction The Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith (2010) for the Doctor Who Nonfiction series. [JC]

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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