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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 ...

Invasion [tv]

US tv series. (2005-2006). Shaun Cassidy Productions with Warner Brothers Television for ABC-TV. Created by Shaun Cassidy. Produced by Joe Lazarov, Timothy Marx, and Robert D Simon. Directors included Lawrence Trilling, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Steve Schill, Thomas Schlamme. Writers included Michael Alaimo, Juan Carlos Coto, Becky Hartman Edwards, Julie Siege. Cast includes Eddie Cibrian, William Fichtner, Tyler Labine and Kari Matchett. 22 55-minute episodes. Colour. / In the fictional ...

Invasion [film]

Film (1966). Merton Park, American International Pictures. Directed by Alan Bridges. Written by Roger Marshall, based on an original story by Robert Holmes. Cast includes Lyndon Brook, Valerie Gearon, Edward Judd and Yōko Tani. 82 minutes. Black and white. / This interesting UK film tells of two humanoid Aliens of East Asian appearance whose Spaceship crash-lands on Earth outside a country hospital. It turns out that one is a prisoner of the other. Further alien "Lystrians", members of ...

Tidbeck, Karin

(1977-    ) Swedish author who began to publish work of interest with "Vem är Arvid Pekon?" ["Who Is Arvid Pekon?"] in Jules Verne-Magasinet #513 in 2002; it was later assembled with other tales as the title story of Vem är Arvid Pekon? (coll 2010; exp vt trans author as Jagannath: Stories 2012). This early work runs from austere mythopoeic nordic fantasy, perhaps too easily dismissible as twilit, to concisely evocative sf like "Jagannath" (Summer 2011 Weird ...

Atom Squad

Juvenile tv series (1953-1954). NBC-TV. Produced by Larry White and Adam Samish. Directed by Joe Behar. Written by Paul Monash. Cast includes Robert Courtleigh, Bob Hastings, Bram Nossen and Harrison Sheppard. Unknown number of 15-minute episodes. Black and white. / The Atom Squad is a top-secret organization protecting the USA from various threats involving radiation or nuclear energy, often as the result of sabotage or attacks from Communist spies, though Aliens are also encountered on ...

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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