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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Film (1956; vt Invasion of the Flying Saucers). Clover/Columbia. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by Fred F Sears. Written by George Worthing Yates, Raymond T Marcus, based on a story by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor. 83 minutes. Black and white. / This film was suggested by Flying Saucers from Outer Space (1953) by Donald E Keyhoe, and was made to cash in on the UFO mania of the period, though Keyhoe – who understood that the film would be ...

Goldin, Stephen

(1947-    ) US author, married to Kathleen Sky 1972-1982, and to Mary Mason from 1987. He began publishing sf with "The Girls on USSF 193" for If in December 1965 and was runner-up for a Nebula for Best Short Story with "The Last Ghost" (in Protostars, anth 1971, ed David Gerrold & Stephen Goldin). After co-editing (anonymously) several anthologies with David Gerrold, he published some stereotyped adventures for Laser Books, beginning with Herds (1975), but soon became ...

Battle of Dorking

Probably the most important and influential of early Future War stories, George T Chesney's anonymously published novella The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer (May 1871 Blackwood's Magazine; 1871 chap) conveyed a dire warning against British jingoist complacency with its depiction of a surprise Invasion by an unnamed country (ie Germany) whose secret Weapons or "fatal engines" quickly eliminate the Royal Navy, allowing a landing in force which leads to British defeat in the ...

White, Alan

(1924-    ) UK author, almost exclusively of thrillers, often in a war setting, his best known novel probably being A Long Day's Dying (1962); his several pseudonyms, which include James Fraser, Alec Haigh, Joe Balham and others, have been used only for nonfantastic works. Of sf interest is Black Alert (1985), a Near Future Technothriller in which a renegade soldier, who has gained control of a military Spaceship, attempts to instigate World War Three by bombing London. ...

Nation, Terry

(1930-1997) UK author of television screenplays and other works, latterly resident in the US. He has the distinction of exercising a formative influence on three major sf series, Doctor Who (1963-current), Survivors (1975-1977) and Blake's Seven (1978-1981). / Nation began his writing career producing comedy material, for Tony Hancock among others, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also produced other work, including adaptations of sf stories such as Philip K Dick's "Impostor" (June ...

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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