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Phoenix, The

US tv series (1982). Mark Carliner Productions for ABC-TV. Created by Anthony and Nancy Lawrence. Produced by Christopher Kochoff, Leigh Vance, others. Directors included Reza Badiyi, Douglas Hickox. Writers included Mark Carliner, Leigh Vance. Cast includes Richard Lynch, E G Marshall and Judson Scott. One 90-minute pilot film (1981) followed by four 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Loosely based on the "ancient astronaut" books popular throughout the 1970s, such as Erich von Däniken's ...

Mercy Point

US tv series (1998-1999). Columbia TriStar Television/Mandalay Television for UPN Network. Created by Trey Callaway, Milo Frank and David Simkins. Produced by Brent V Friedman, Scott Sanders, Deborah Starr Siebel and others. Directors include Lee Bonner, Michael Katleman and Joe Napolitano. Writers include Gary Glasberg, Jonathan Robert Kaplan and Simkins. Cast includes Trey Callaway, Maria del Mar, Jordan Lund, Brian McNamara, Joe Morton, Julia Pennington and Alexandra Wilson. Eight 60-minute ...

Who?

Film (1974; vt The Man in the Steel Mask). Hemisphere/Maclean & Co. Directed by Jack Gold. Written by John Gould (Jack Gold), based on Who? (April 1955 Fantastic Universe; exp 1958) by Algis Budrys. Cast includes Joseph Bova, Elliott Gould and Trevor Howard. 91 minutes. Colour. / Released long after being made, and publicized not at all, this taut, efficient little metaphysical thriller, hinging on questions of what constitutes Identity, deserved rather better. A key US Scientist (Bova) ...

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

US animated tv series (1981-1983). Marvel Productions for NBC-TV. Based on characters created by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Stan Lee. Produced by Dennis Marks. Directors included Dan Jurwich, Rob Richardson. Writers included Donald F Glut, Marks, Christy Marx and Michael Reaves. Cast includes June Foray, Kathy Garver, Dan Gilezan, Frank Welker and William Woodson. Narrators: Dick Tufeld, then Stan Lee. 24 22-minute episodes. Colour. / Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Gilezan) is attending Empire ...

Valley of the Dragons

Film (1961; vt Prehistoric Valley UK). Zimbalist-Roberts-Bernds Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Byron Roberts. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Bernds and Donald Zimbalist, based very loosely on Hector Servadac: voyages et aventures à travers le monde solaire (1 January-15 December 1877 Magasin d'Éducation et de Récréation; 1877 2vols; trans as Hector Servadac 1877) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Cesare Danova, Danielle De Metz, Gregg Martell, Sean ...

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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