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Spaced Invaders

Film (1989). Smart Egg Pictures. Directed by Patrick Read Johnson. Written by Johnson, Scott Alexander. Cast includes J J Anderson, Fred Applegate, Douglas Barr, Gregg Berger, Royal Dano and Ariana Richards. 100 minutes. Colour. / This spoof, obviously made for younger viewers, starts promisingly with the premise that the diminutive crew of a Martian Spaceship, in the middle of a battle, pick up the radio signal of Orson Welles's broadcast of War of the Worlds, and hasten to Earth to join ...

Hyslop, Theo B

(1863-1933) Scots physician, medical superintendent at Bethlem Hospital in London, author of various medical textbooks and of Laputa Revisited by Gulliver Redivivus in 1905 (1905), a Gulliver tale that mildly applies Satire to some turn-of-the-century usual suspects. [JC/SH]

Ransome, Charles

(?   -?   ) UK author whose The Children of the Sun; Or, the Last of the Incas (1914), is an undemanding Lost Race tale for boys, set in the Andes. [JC]

Thomson, A A M

(1894-1968) UK author, who in later life became well-known as a cricket columnist, writing as A A Thomson; he was in active service during World War One. Thomson is of some interest for his first book, The World of Billiam Wissold (1927), a Parody of the club-bore style of H G Wells's The World of William Clissold: A Novel at a New Angle (1926 3vols), which incorporates a modestly sympathetic Satire of its promulgation of the Open Conspiracy and its proleptic visions of a World State. Thomson ...

Second Hundred Years, The

US tv series (1967-1968). Screen Gem Television for ABC-TV. Produced by Bob Claver, Richard M Bluel. Directors included Gene Reynolds, Russ Mayberry, Jud Taylor. Writers included Stan Cutler, Skip Webster. Cast includes Monte Markham, Frank Maxwell and Arthur O'Connell. 26 30-minute episodes. Colour. / This sf comedy series was in the vein of similar efforts of the era such as My Living Doll (1964-1965), and It's About Time (1966-1967). Luke Carpenter (Markham) was a gold prospector buried ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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