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Night Caller, The

Film (1965; vt Blood Beast from Outer Space). Armitage Films. Directed by John Gilling. Written by Jim O'Connolly, from The Night Callers (1960) by Frank R Crisp. Cast includes Alfred Burke, Maurice Denham, Patricia Haines and John Saxon. 84 minutes. Black and white. / Very-low-budget UK film, made with some genuine style by Gilling, who had previously made good horror films for Hammer. However, the story – an Alien aims to provide women (whom he finds by advertising for models) for ...

Arikawa Hiro

(1972-    ) Japanese author whose work, ostensibly in the Light Novel field, has acquired a weight and respect that has garnered high critical praise, including the Seiun Award, often being published in the increasingly rare hardback format. She swiftly established herself in the first decade of the twenty-first century as a guru for Japan's Millennials, tailoring fiction to meet the new market sector of "freeters" (drop-outs from the career path, preferring to take ...

Gun Parade March

Kōkidō Gensō Gun Parade March ["High Mobile Machine Fantasy Gun Parade March"] Videogame (2000). Alfa System. PlayStation (2000). / In the closing days of World War Two, the world is invaded by the genjū ("phantom beasts"). Fifty-four years on, Japan has instituted a military draft of teenagers in order to pilot its Humanoid Walking Tanks (see Mecha) in the continued war of resistance against Aliens who have occupied half the planet. The narrative focuses on the 5121st ...

Grant, Richard

(1952-    ) US author; he lived with Elizabeth Hand from 1988 to 1996. Grant began writing work of genre interest with "Drode's Equations" for New Dimensions 12 (anth 1981) edited by Marta Randall, and came to rapid prominence with three novels of mixed sf/fantasy provenance, set in the same Post-Holocaust land, almost certainly the USA, but transfigured by time and events. The first, Saraband of Lost Time (1985), is set much the deepest into this venue, so far into the ...

Rick & Morty

US animated tv comedy series (2013-current). Adult Swim/Cartoon Network. Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Executive producers: James A Fino (seasons 1 and 2), Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Joe Russo II (seasons 1 and 2). Directors include Wesley Archer and Pete Michels. Writers include Eric Acosta, Dan Harmon, Tom Kauffman, Wade Randolph and Justin Roiland. Voice cast includes Sarah Chalke, Spencer Grammer, Chris Parnell and Justin Roiland. 51 23-minute episodes to date, plus 31 shorts. ...

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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