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Author  Story Title  Issue Date  Type  Comments
Searles, Baird  Films and Television: Just Another Pretty UFO  1978 MAY  mr/tvr  Close Encounters of the Third Kind(1977), dir./writer Steven Spielberg, stars Richard Dreyfuss, Terri Garr, Francois Truffaut; briefly, 3 older movies; book Douglas Menville & R. Reginald: Things to Come: An Illustrated History of the Science Fiction Film
   Films and Television: Big Time, The  1978 JUN  mr/tvr  5th Annual Awards of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films; science fiction winner: Star Trek(1977); fantasy winner: Oh, God!(1977); horror winner: The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane(1976)
   Films and Television: Ad Infinitum, Ad Nauseum, Etc.  1978 JUL  mr/tvr  The Dark Secret of Harvest Home(1978 TV), based on Tom Tryon's 1973 novel, Harvest Home; The Prisoner(1967, TV series, 17 ep.), stars Patrick McGoohan; Quark(1978, TV series, 9 ep.), stars Richard Benjamin; Project U.F.O.(1978-79, TV series, 26 ep.)
   Films and Television: Losses  1978 AUG  mr/tvr  announces death of Leigh Brackett in March 1978; Star Wars not winning the Oscar Award for Best Picture; Count Dracula(1977 TV), stars Louis Jourdan; briefly, THX-1138(1970)
   Films: Fury Most Foul, The  1978 SEP  mr/tvr  essay: "whatever became of the horror film? ... Now ... it achieves its visceral ends not by craft & style, but by shock ..."; The Fury(1978), dir. Brian De Palma, stars Kirk Douglas, Carrie Snodgrass, John Cassavetes
   Films and Television: Fantasia  1978 OCT  mr/tvr  Fantasia(1940), animated movie from Disney, dir. James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, etal, written by Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, etal, narrated by Deems Taylor
   Films and Television: Oddity by Homer, An  1978 NOV  mr/tvr  Adventures of Ulysses(1969 TV), originally the mini-series The Odyssey, made by Italian TV in 1969; briefly, Phase IV(1973); Monte Python and the Holy Grail(1974)
   Films and Television: Whimsy One  1978 DEC  mr/tvr  essay: the whimsical in our culture, Part 1 of 2; Here Comes Mr. Jordan(1941), based on the play Birthday, by Leslie Bush-Fekete; & the remake Heaven Can Wait(1978), stars Warren Beatty, Dyan Cannon, James Mason
   Films and Television: Whimsy Two  1979 JAN  mr/tvr  essay: the whimsical in our culture, Part 2 of 2; from Lewis Carroll's Alice, to Heaven Can Wait(1978), to Burr Tillistrom's puppets Kukla & Ollie(1964-65, TV series), to The Muppet Show(1976-81, TV series)
   Films and Television: Doctor Who's on First  1979 FEB  mr/tvr  Doctor Who(1963- ?, BBC's TV ser., 695 ep. by 1989 DEC), premiered in Britain on November 23, 1963 after coverage of JFK's assassination, 1st Dr. Who William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy
   Films and Television: Rattletrap Galactica  1979 MAR  mr/tvr  Battlestar Galactica(1978-80, TV series, 29 ep.), stars Lorne Greene, Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch; briefly, The Lord of the Rings(1978), animated, dir. Ralph Bakshi, written by Peter S. Beagle & Chris Conkling
   Films and Television: Tolkien Betrayed and Thumper Redux  1979 APR  mr/tvr  Lord of the Rings(1978), animated, dir. Ralph Bakshi; Watership Down(1978 UK), animated, based on Richard Adam's novel, dir. Martin Rosen
   Films: Od's Podkins!  1979 MAY  mr/tvr  essay: "handy rule of thumb that cinematic sf is usually about 25 years behind the literature" & "thanks to Star Wars, we are getting remakes"; Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1956; 1978 remake), based on Jack Finney 1955 novel The Body Snatchers
   Films: Ice Cap Cometh, The  1979 JUN  mr/tvr  essay: the films of Robert Altman; Quintet(1979), dir./writer Robert Altman, stars Paul Newman; briefly, Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1978)
   Films: Little Screen Blues  1979 JUL  mr/tvr  the 1978-79 TV season: briefly, Battlestar Galactica(1978-80 TV series, 29 ep.); Mork and Mindy(1978-82 TV series, 95 ep.); Thorne Smith, who wrote novels Topper(1926), Turnabout(1931; 1979 TV series, 7 ep.); Cliffhangers(1979 TV series, 10 ep.)
   Films: Lion, the Witch, and Buck Rogers, The  1979 AUG  mr/tvr  Buck Rogers in the 25th Century(1978 TV movie, pilot for the 1979-81 TV series, 36 ep.), stars Gil Gerard; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe(1979 TV movie), animated, based on C.S. Lewis 1950 novel
   Films: In Short, Superman  1979 SEP  mr/tvr  essay: the new technology of the VCR; briefly, Superman(1978), stars Christopher Reeves, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
   Films: Egg Foo Alien  1979 OCT  mr/tvr  Alien(1979), based on a story & screenplay by Dan O'Bannon & Ronald Shusett(inspired by It! The Terror from Beyond Space, a 1958 movie similar to A.E. van Vogt's 1939 novel The Black Destroyer), dir. Ridley Scott, stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt
   Films: Creatures Walk Among Us  1979 NOV  mr/tvr  The Muppet Movie(1979), dir. James Frawley, stars the Muppets created by Jim Henson in the late 1950s, Orson Welles, Edgar Bergen, Madeleine Kahn
   Films: Vamp 'Til Ready  1979 DEC  mr/tvr  Nosferatu(1922); 1st sound, Dracula(1931), stars Bela Lugosi; Dracula's Daughters(1936), stars Gloria Holden; The Fearless Vampire Killers(1967), dir. Roman Polanski; Count Dracula(1977 UK), stars Louis Jourdan; Dracula(1979), stars Frank Langella
   Films: Blights of Angels  1980 JAN  mr/tvr  essay: angels in films; The Bishop's Wife(1947), w. Cary Grant; It's a Wonderful Life(1946); The Horn Blows at Midnight(1945), w. Jack Benny; Here Comes Mr. Jordan(1941), remake Heaven Can Wait(1978); I Married an Angel(1942); Out of the Blue(1979 TV)
   Films: Time After Time After Time After Time After ...  1980 FEB  mr/tvr  Time After Time(1979), dir. Nicholas Meyer, writers Karl Alexander & Steve Hayes, stars Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen
   Films: Englishman's Castle, An  1980 MAR  mr/tvr  An Englishman's Castle(1978 UK TV series), 3 episodes alternate history series w. different dir. & casts: 1. Spanish Armada victorious, 2. British Empire dominates, 3. Germany won WWII
   Films: Lathe of Heaven, The  1980 APR  mr/tvr  1st time a major sf genre novel is brought to the screen, in this case the TV screen, Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven(1971 novel; 1980 TV movie), prod./dir. David Loxton & Fred Barzyk, stars Bruce Davison, Kevin Conway, Margaret Avery
   Films: Slack, Hack Black Hole, A  1980 MAY  mr/tvr  The Black Hole(1979), from Disney, dir. Gary Nelson, writers Bob Barbash & Gerry Day, stars Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster
   Films: Too Late and Lathe Two  1980 JUN  mr/tvr  Star Trek: The Motion Picture(1979), based on Gene Roddenberry's series, dir. Robert Wise, written by Alan Dean Foster & Harold Livingston, stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy; The Lathe of Heaven(1980), based on Ursula K. Le Guin's 1971 novel
   Films: Chronic Marginal, The  1980 JUL  mr/tvr  The Martian Chronicles(1980), 3-part TV mini-series, based on Ray Bradbury's novel, dir. Michael Anderson, script by Richard Matheson, stars Rock Hudson, Nyree Dawn Porter, Darren McGavin, Michael Anderson Jr
   Films: Return of the What?, The  1980 AUG  mr/tvr  Brave New World(1980 TV), based on Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel, stars Bud Cort, Ron O'Neal, Marcia Strassman, Julie Cobb; The Aliens Are Coming(1980 TV); Return of the King(1979 TV), animated, sequel to The Hobbit(1978 TV), John Huston the voice of Gandalf
   Films: Empire Strikes Back, The  1980 SEP  mr/tvr  The Empire Strikes Back(1980), sequel to Star Wars(1977), original screenplay by the late Leigh Brackett, written by George Lucas, stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guiness
   Films: Tations—Incan & Recan  1980 OCT  mr/tvr  The Tempest(1980 TV, England), dir. John Gorrie, stars Michael Hordern; The Wicker Man(1973 England), stars Edward Woodward; briefly, Buck Rogers(1979-81 TV ser.); Phase IV(1973); King Kong(1976), stars Jessica Lange
   Films: Shine On ... And On ... And On ...  1980 NOV  mr/tvr  The Shining(1980), dir. Stanley Kubrick, based on Stephen King's 1977 novel, script by Kubrick & Diane Johnson, stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
   Films: Of Watches and Cages  1980 DEC  mr/tvr  The Girl, the Watch and Everything(1980 TV), based on the John D. MacDonald novel, stars Robert Hays, Pam Dawber; The Cage(15 minute ballet on TV), choreographed by Jerome Robbins
   Films: Xanadon't or Terpsichore on Roller Skates  1981 JAN  mr/tvr  Xanadu(1980), dir. Robert Greenwald, stars Michael Beck, Gene Kelly, & Olivia Newton-John as the muse Terpsichore, a role played by Rita Hayworth in the musical Down to Earth(1947)
   Films: Strike Striken  1981 FEB  mr/tvr  Cosmos(1980-81 PBS TV series, 13 ep.), narrator Carl Sagan; The Body in Question(1978 TV), pop science show w. Jonathan Miller; Shogun(1981 TV), miniseries based on James Clavell's 1975 novel; The Wiz(1978 TV); Revenge of the Stepford Wives(1980 TV)
   Films: Whole New Ball Game, A  1981 MAR  mr/tvr  essay: difference between film & book reviews(Searles a book review columnist for ASI 1979 MAY-1993 OCT, & for AMZ 1985 JAN-1986 JUL); short reviews of films available on VCR
   Films: Non-Review of a Non-Event, A  1981 APR  mr/tvr  7th Annual Science Fiction (Film) Awards; briefly, Zardoz(1973), see 1974 MAY review; An Englishman's Castle(1978 UK TV), see 1980 MAR review
   Films: Corned Beef Flash  1981 MAY  mr/tvr  Flash Gordon(1980), stars Sam J. Jones as Flash, Melody Anderson as Dale, Timothy Dalton as Prince Barin, Ornella Muti as Princess Aura, Max von Sydow as Ming
   Films: Dr. J. & Mr. H. X 3  1981 JUN  mr/tvr  3 films based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(1981 UK TV), stars David Hemmings; The Darker Side of Terror(1978 TV), co-writers Paddy Chayefsky & dir. Ken Russell; Monster on the Campus(1958), stars Arthur Franz
   Films: Mundane Monsters and Multicolored Munchkins  1981 JUL  mr/tvr  Faeries(1981 TV), hour animated show based on 1978 Brian Froud book; Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves(1944); Topper(1937); The Wizard of Oz(1939); The Munster's Revenge(1981), stars Fred Gwynn; Midnight Offerings(1981 TV), stars Melissa Sue Anderson
   Films: Buck Flops Here, The  1981 AUG  mr/tvr  Buck Rogers(1979-81 TV series, 36 ep.), 2nd season beginnings; The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy(British radio series)
   Films: Comexcalibur  1981 SEP  mr/tvr  Excalibur(1981 UK), dir. John Boorman, stars Nigel Terry, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Nicol Williamson, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson
   Films: Another Empire Heard From  1981 OCT  mr/tvr  Fugitive from the Empire(1981 TV), dir./writer Nicholas Corea, stars Lane Caudell, Belinda Bauer
   Films: Io Noon or Not Outlandish Enough  1981 NOV  mr/tvr  Outland(1981), stars Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, compares it with High Noon(1952) in an off-Earth location; The Girl, the Gold Watch and Dynamite(1981), sequel to The Girl, the Gold Watch and Ecerything(1980)
   Films: Trash of the Titans  1981 DEC  mr/tvr  Clash of the Titans(1981), special effects by Ray Harryhausen, stars Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith; briefly, out on video, War of the Worlds(1953); Time After Time(1979); Rosemary's Baby(1968)
   Films: Lead Balloon  1982 JAN  mr/tvr  Heavy Metal(1981 Canada), animated, voices of Richard Romanus, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Jackie Burroughs; briefly, book A.W. Strickland & Forrest J Ackerman: A Reference Guide to American S. F. Films(1981); Somewhere in Time(1980)
   Films: Crowbar in the Concrete, The  1982 FEB  mr/tvr  Mr. Merlin(1981-82 TV series), dir. John Astin & Bill Bixby, stars Barnard Hughes, Clark Brandon, Elaine Joyce; The Last Wave(1977 Australia), dir. Peter Weir, stars Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett; briefly, The Day the Earth Caught Fire(1961 UK)
   Films: Bungled Bandits and a Faithful Frankenstein  1982 MAR  mr/tvr  Time Bandits(1981), a Monty Python film, dir. Terry Gilliam, writers Gilliam & Michael Palin, stars John Cleese, David Warner, Sean Connery, Michael Palin, Shelley Duval, Katherine Helmond; briefly, Terror of Frankenstein(1977), aka Victor Frankenstein
   Films: Twilight to Dark  1982 APR  mr/tvr  Twilight Zone(1959-64 TV series, 154 ep.), narrator Rod Serling; Darkroom(1981-82 TV series, 7 ep.), James Coburn host, one ep. based on a Carter Scholz story, one from a Robert Bloch story, one from Andrew Weiner's "Distant Signals" in TWZ 1984 MAY/JUN
   Films: Hoary Story  1982 MAY  mr/tvr  Darkroom(1981-82 TV series, 7 ep.), the 3rd episode; Ghost Story(1981), based on 1979 novel same name by Peter Straub, stars Fred Astaire, Jacqueline Brookes, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr; several older movies on video, briefly
   Films: Electric Granny, Eclectic Alice  1982 JUN  mr/tvr  essay: 2 types of sf consumers: readers, film/TV viewers; The Electric Grandmother(1981 TV), based on Ray Bradbury's I Sing the Body Electric(1969), stars Maureen Stapledon; Alice at the Palace(1981 TV), based on Lewis Carroll's books, stars Meryl Streep

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