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Morons from Outer Space

Film (1985). Directed by Mike Hodges. Written by Jones, Smith, developed Bob Mercer. Cast includes Paul Bown, Griff Rhys Jones, Dinsdale Landen, Jimmy Nail, Joanne Pearce and Mel Smith. 97 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / Very stupid Aliens (identical in appearance and behaviour to humans) have rented a spaceship to go on holiday. They crashland on a UK motorway and later become media stars. This remarkably unfunny film, written by and starring two television comedians – it looks ...

Hayter, Frank E

(1892/1893-?   ) UK explorer and author whose nonfiction narratives, In Search of Sheba's Mines (1935) and Gold of Ethiopia (1940), describe his attempts to find the original source of the Queen of Sheba#s treasure. The narrator of his sf novel, The Garden of Eden (1940), tells the story of two immortals (see Immortality) who had visited the heart of Africa in ancient times, where they encountered a variety of species and the Garden of Eden, which is a Lost World; the immortals' ...

Robens, Howard

(?   -    ) German-born Canadian author of Hambro's Itch (1979) with Jack Wassermann, a Near Future mystery involving the death of a musician about to tour the Third World, and the planetary Disaster that must be averted. [JC]

Reynolds, Mack

Working name of US author Dallas McCord Reynolds (1917-1983), who began writing work of genre interest with "Isolationist" for Fantastic Adventures in April 1950. He occasionally used the pseudonyms Clark Collins, Guy McCord, Mark Mallory and Dallas Ross; he wrote two Gothics as Maxine Reynolds and one other non-sf book as Todd Harding. Some of his early work was with Fredric Brown, including a Joe Mauser story, Happy Ending (September 1957 Fantastic Universe; 2009 ebook); and he also wrote ...

Arnaud, G-J

Working name of French author Georges-Camille Arnaud (1928-2020) French author who rendered his name as G-J or Georges-Jean Arnaud for this fiction; prolific in various genres, with an estimated 200 thrillers published before he turned to sf, all seemingly nonfantastic. He turned mainly to sf beginning with Les Croisés de Mara ["The Crusaders of Mara"] (1971), his first Genre SF novel, which evolved into the Grande Séparation ["The Great Separation"] lost-colony series (see ...

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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