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Gore, A K Mosha

(?   -    ) Supposedly Kenyan author who self-published the long narrative Heavens Eye (circa 2000), which is mainly set on the Utopian planet Warth, one of 500 inhabited planets across the universe. People billions years in the future live in an ideal world filled with many advanced Technologies and Inventions. [JO]

Stranger Within, The

Made-for-tv film (1974). Lorimar/ABC TV. Directed by Lee Philips. Teleplay Richard Matheson, based on his "Mother by Protest" (September/October 1953 Fantastic; vt "Trespass" in The Shores of Space, coll 1957). Cast includes David Doyle, Barbara Eden, George Grizzard and Joyce Van Patten. 72 minutes. Colour. / A woman (Eden) becomes pregnant – inexplicably, as her husband (Grizzard) is certified to be sterile. It turns out that she has been impregnated by a wandering Martian seed (see ...

Elze, Winifred

(?   -    ) US author of two novels which apply horror tonalities – though nothing like the fixation on the unveiling of the previously given typical of genuine horror – to sf material: in The Changeling (1995), what might be called an Ecological revolt against humanity rises amongst the flora of the planet; and in Here, Kitty, Kitty (1996), a suburban Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] is threatened when creatures from the ...

Crack in the World

Film (1965). Security Pictures/Paramount. Directed by Andrew Marton. Written by Jon Manchip White, Julian Halevy. Cast includes Dana Andrews, Alexander Knox, Kieron Moore and Janette Scott. 96 minutes. Colour. / An attempt to use a nuclear device to tap geothermal energy from deep within the Earth causes a large and ever increasing crack in the crust. A bid to halt the process with a further nuclear explosion sends into space a large chunk of the Earth, which forms a new moon. This ...

Takei, George

(1937-    ) US actor and author, best known for his role as Mr Sulu in the original Star Trek. Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe (1979) with Robert Lynn Asprin places a Japanese mercenary and ninja in a free-for-all Near Future corporate world. To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu (1994), though focusing on the Star Trek years, interestingly speaks of Takei's experience as a Japanese-American child incarcerated during World War Two in an American ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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