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Aldiss, Brian W., Kindred Blood in Kensington Gore [Play]

Tells the story of the various conversations of Philip K. Dick in the Afterlife with someone who might be his dead sister, VALIS, or both. Dick's middle name was Kindred. Aldiss performed in the role of Philip K. Dick; Albert Memorial backdrop by Sylvia Starshine.

Essex, England October 1991 [PKD Celebration] Brian Aldiss and Petronilla Whitfield; directed by Frank Hatherley

pamphlet, Avernus Original, Avernus Creative Media, London, 1992

Marriott Hotel, Worcester, Massachusetts July 10, 1993 [Readercon 6] Brian Aldiss and Colleen Ferro; produced by Shira Daemon

Anderson, Sue & Keller, Mark, Mik Ado About Nothing (Back to Rivets, part 1) [Musical]

This play dealt with the sudden rise of Zap-Gun Publishing and its fortunes at a future Worldcon - Procon 1 (held in 1980 in Providence, Rhode Island). Among other amusing conceits, the authors decided to portray James Tiptree, Jr. as a Black woman; were they surprised a few years later.

RISFA Players, Boskone 14 [Boston], 19 February 1977

Seymouria Press Publications 1, 1977 [text]

Chainik Press, August 1980

Anderson, Sue & Keller, Mark, Rivets Redux [Musical]

This play dealt with the difficulty of the 1930s pulp heroes and villains in finding jobs in today's effete marketplace.

RISFA Players, Boskone 15 [Boston], 18 February 1978

Chainik Press 68, 1978 [text]

Anderson, Sue & Keller, Mark, The Decomposers or, Rivets Has Risen From the Grave [Musical]

Set at the alternate 1979 Worldcon in Metropolis on the Teays River (at the bottom of Lake Michigan in our world) this correctly predicted the huge increase in Worldcon size, the rapid growth of splinter and fringe fandoms at the Worldcon, and the difficulties that amateur committees would be having running such a large event.

RISFA Players, Boskone 16 [Boston], 17 February 1979

Chainik Press, 1979 [text]

Ashman, Howard, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater [Musical]

This is an adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel of the same name.  Producer: Edith Vonnegut (daughter to Kurt Vonnegut); Director: Howard Ashman; Music: Alan Menken; Eliot Rosewater: (Frederick Coffin); Norman Mushari: (Jonathan Hadary); Kilgore Trout: (Albert S. Bennett)

WPA Theater [New York], 20 May 1979; 12 performances

Entermedia Theater [New York], 11 October 1979

Asprin, Bob (text) & Foglio, Phil (art), The Capture [Slide Show]

In 1974 an alien spaceship captures a cruise ship in the Bermuda Triangle. Unfortunately for them, this was the SF cruise—an entire ship loaded with SF writers, artists, editors, etc. Naturally, they do not behave in the manner expected by the aliens who cannot convince the mother ship of their problems and finally crash in Lake Michigan and seek political asylum. The gremlin (who does not exist) is Frank Kelly Freas; Malesubject II is Gordon R. Dickson.

The idea was first conceived at Windycon I [Chicago, Ill., 25-27 October 1974] and first "publicly performed" at ReKWest*Con [Kalamazoo, Mich., 4-6 July 1975]. It was then performed at Fan Fair3 [Toronto, Ont. 1-3 August 1975], AnonyCon [1975], WondayCon [1975], ConFusion 12 [Ann Arbor, Mich. 23-25 January 1976], Boskone XIII [Boston, Mass. 13-15 February 1976], Lunacon [New York City 9-11 April 1976], Westercon 29 [Los Angeles, Cal. 2-5 July 1976], Toronto Star Trek [Toronto, Ont. 1976], Rivercon 2 [Louisville, Ky. 30 July-1 August 1976], MidAmericon [34th World Science Fiction Convention, Kansas City, Mo. 1-6 September 1976].

The artwork and text were published as The Capture Coloring Book, boojums Press, 1976

Binder, Carl  joint author with Wright, Brad, et al.

Black, Terry, Korman's Kalamity [Teleplay]

An episode of Tales from the Crypt.  A comic book artist who draws for EC's Tales from the Crypt (surprise!) has problems with his wife. An experimental fertility drug's side effects cause his artwork to become real. Some of the major characters are takeoffs on real people involved in the comics industry. Director: Rowdy Herrington. Jim Corman [Richard Corben]: Harry Anderson; Art Goldstein [Al Feldstein]: Lance Davis; Bob Grimes [Bill Gaines]: Austin Straub.

HBO, June 26, 1990

Bloch, Robert, The Grim Reaper [Teleplay]

Bea Graves, horror writer owns a rather unpleasant painting. The artist and all its previous owners have come to a bad end. Her nephew, Paul, decides to kill her and blame the murder on the painting. However, the picture has its own ideas about what is to occur. Director: Herschel Daugherty. Bea Graves: Natalie Shafer; Paul Graves: William Shatner.

Thriller, June 13, 1961 (Universal Studios)

Boutilier, Kate, Bride of the Wolfman [Teleplay]

This is the 17th episode of She-Wolf of London. Ian and Randi sneal in to the old Granada Theater (to be demolished that day) where Randi watched films as a youth. In the theater the film Bride of the Wolman starts and they find the doors are locked. They are treansported into the film where, as a couple, they visit the castle of Dr. Pretorius. The doctor is an archetypal Mad Scientist trying to create life, cure lycanthropy, etc. During their first escape from the film they meet Oscar who is haunting the theater. He explains they cannot leave until there is an ending to the movie. The original showing was never completed because the producer (who was also one of the actors) burned the final reels because of the extremely poor reception the film was getting. Ian Matheson: Neil Dickson; Randi Wallace: Kate Hodge; Dr. Pretorius: Tony Amedela; Elizabeth: Gayle Cohen; George: Howard George; Boris: Tracey Walter;  director: Bruce Seth Green.

Universal Studios & Finnegan-Pinchuck, February 1991 [syndication]

Brooks, Albert and Johnson, Monica, Mother [Mainstream film]

After his second divorce, Los Angeles science fiction writer John Henderson—author of such potboilers as Planet Seven and Planet Eight—has writer's block. He goes back to settle conflicts with his mother Beatrice. John Handerson: Albert Brooks; Jeff Henderson: Rob Morrow; Beatrice Henderson: Debbie Reynolds. Director: Albert Brooks; Producers: Scott Rudin and Herb Nanas; Co-producers: Barry Berg and Adam Schroeder. Running length 1h 45m. Rating PG-13.

Paramount Pictures, 22 August 1996 [Toronto, Ontario]

25 December 1996 [U.S. limited release]

10 January 1997 [U. S. wide release]

Carr, Terry, My Fair Femmefan [Musical]

A fannish parody of the musical My Fair Lady. Iggens and Bickering, two BNFs (Big-Name Fans) take NFFF (National Fantasy Fan Federation) neofan Martha Coznowski and transform her into someone who is accepted in fan circles worldwide. References are extremely esoteric and would probably require notes at least as long as the text to explain them to the uninitiated.

A Bas #10 (edited by Boyd Raeburn), 1957

The Filk Song Manual II, (edited by Bruce Pelz), 1966

The Incomplete Terry Carr, (edited by Arnie Katz and Rich Brown), (pp.17-27) [mimeographed]

Climie, David, Get Off My Cloud [Teleplay]

This is an adaptation of Peter Phillips' famous story "Dreams Are Sacred."  Here a reporter in sent into the mind of a science fiction writer, suffering from a nervous breakdown, in order to return him from the fantasy world in which he is living. The teleplay seems to follow the original story closely. Director: Peter Cregeen; Producer: Irene Shubik; Young Pete: Robert Duncan;  Parnell: Jon Croft; Pete: Donal Donnelly; Stephen: Peter Barkworth; Marsham Craswell: Peter Jeffrey;  police sergeant: Alec Ross; taxi driver: Royston Tickner; Garer: Vicki Woolf.

Out of the Unknown, April 1, 1969 (BBC)

Coons, Hannibal and Winkler, Harry, Morticia the Writer [Teleplay]

This is an episode of The Addams Family.  The Addams children are upset by the way witches, dragons, etc. are presented in the fairy tale books they read in school. Morticia, being unable to persuade the school to change the books, decides to write new ones herself. She retires to a cave to begin the project but Gomez, unhappy at her absence, interrupts her frequently. Gomez Addams (John Astin); Morticia Addams (Carolyn Jones); Director: Sidney Lanfield.

Filmways Presentation, November 5, 1965

Cooper, Robert C. joint author with Wright, Brad, et al.

Copp, Rick and Goodman, David A., The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space [Teleplay]

The time is 1953 and Ty Farrell is playing the role of Captain Zoom for the Dumont network. The broadcast is picked up by the people of the planet Pangaea who believe that he is the "Chosen One" who will free them from the tyranny of the evil Lord Vox. His insigna (blue planet, red ring) matches their planet. Once transmitted across space, he gradually becomes the hero he played. This is a takeoff on the classic series Captain Video, Captain Midnight, Space Patrol (Zoom's sidekick on the show is named "Happy"), etc. Captain Zoom (Daniel Riordan); Tyra (Liz Vassey); Lord Vox (Ron Perlman); Vesper (Gia Carides); Simulus (Duane Davis); Baley (Gregory Smith); Sagan (Nichelle Nichols); Story: Brian Levant and Rick Copp & David A. Goodman; Executive Producer: Brian Levant; Supervising Producers: Rick Copp, David A. Goodman; Producers: Peter V. Ware, Tony Dow; Director: Max Tash.

Starz!, 27 November 1995

Corman, Roger, Frankenstein Unbound [Film]

Based upon the novel of the same name by Brian W. Aldiss. The Time Traveler (John Hurt); Victor Frankenstein (Raul Julia); Mary Shelley (Bridget Fonda); Percy Shelley (Michael Hutchins).

Roger Corman, August 1990

Cross, Alan, Summer Swap [Teleplay]

This is an episode from the Parker Lewis show. There is a scene at a swap meet where Parker's friend is trying to sell a model of the USS 1701 (from the long-awaited and highly disappointing movie). The potential buyer is Michael Dorn who asks (in Worf's voice) if the power nacelles are the originals.

Gerry:  The supernova of my collection:  The Starship Enterprise as featured in the eagerly anticipated, though over-long first motion picture

Dorn:  How do I know those are the authentic photon torpedo tubes?

Gerry: Do I look like an imitation photon torpedo tube maker? Do I? DO I?  Keep walkin', bum.

Created by Clyde Phillips and Lon Diamond; produced by Larry Shaw, Tom Spezialy, Alan Cross; co-executive producers: David Cohen, Roger S. H. Schulman, Lon Diamond, Robert Lloyd Lewis; executive producer Clyde Phillips; director: Rob Bowman; teleplay by Tom Spezialy and Alan Cross.

4 to 10 August 1992 Fox

Darren, Christian, Night of the Visitors [Teleplay]

This is an episode of the series Something is Out There.  A science fiction author, Charles Calvin, has published a "non-fiction" book describing his abduction by a group of aliens. Tara, who is an alien stranded on Earth, reads the book and thinks it is a description of the evil Zantoreans. Then, the people abducted with Calvin start being murdered. Although the perpetrators turn out to be Earth-humans, there is a Zantorean artifact found. Charles Calvin (Frederick Coffin); Tara (Maryam d'Abo); Jack Breslin (Joe Cortese). Directed by James Darren.

NBC Television, November 18, 1988

Dial, Bill, Revelations [Teleplay]

This is episode 070 of Sliders, a series about a group of travelers in alternate Earths. Nothing of interest appears to be happening until Rembrandt Brown reads a science fiction novel that appears familiar—it describes transdimensional exploration and a race of mutants called Gormaks. The author, Isaac Clark, is difficult to find having put a number of layers between himself and the public; Quinn locates him and the group forces a confrontation. Clark admits the novel is autobiographical and historical telling of the war against the Kromaggs. He tells them that he knows Elizabeth and Michael Mallory, the duo who developed the bioweapon that destroyed the Kromaggs. He and his daughter return to this world with the group. There Quinn, et al. find that on this world the Kromaggs were a peaceful persecuted race. Writer: Bill Dial; Director: Bob Williams; Quinn Mallory: Jerry O'Connell; Rembrandt Brown: Cleavant Derricks; Maggie Beckett: Kari Wuhrer; Collin Mallory: Charlie O'Connell; Isaac Clark (Jerry Hardin; Catherine Clark: Kristanna Loken; Robert Clark: Ken Jenkins; Michael Mallory: John Walcutt; Elizabeth Mallory: Marnie McPhail; man: J. Anthony McCarthy; Clerk: Joey Stafura. Created by: Tracy Torme and Robert K. Weiss; Producers: Mychelle Deschamps and Richard Compton; Executive producers: Alan Barnette and David Peckinpah

Sliders MCA Television, Limited, 23 April 1999

Dini, Paul, And Fan Boy is His Name [Cartoon]

This is episode #5 of Freakazoid! Freakazoid usual sidekick is not available so, while Freakazoid is attending a sci-fi and comics convention, he is continually importuned by Fan Boy who wants the position. Freakazoid tries to give Harlan Ellison to Fan Boy, but this does not stop him. Finally, he transfers Fan Boy's interests to Mark Hamill [Luke Skywalker in Star Wars]; Fan Boy pursues Hamill, leaving Freakazoid free again. Director: Scott Jeralds.

30 September 1995, Warner Brothers Animation in Association with Amblin Entertainment

Fanthorpe, Patricia & Lionel, Eli Still Goes On [Musical]

A musical play without much of a plot. Many British SF writers and fans are characters and, indeed, some played themselves in its initial presentation (such as Ken Bulmer). Regardless of the evil of the universe, trufandom and bheer prevail at the end.

Beccon, Basildon, Essex, U. K., July 1983

The Beccon Plays (edited by Roger Robinson), Beccon Publications 8, 1985 (pp.37-46) [text]

Feder, Moshe, The Mimeo Man [Musical]

This is a version of The Music Man that takes place July 1912 in an alternate universe where SF became the mainstream of American Literature. Prof. Abie Dick comes to Nova City in the State of Gafia to sell reproduction supplies, priming the pump by promising the children that they will produce Hugo award-winning apazines. He gets around the mayor's wife and her clique by converting them into a science fiction convention committee (NoCon). Just when things seem worst, true love wins out. Lyrics by: Debbie Notkin, Eli Cohen, Moshe Feder; music by Meredith Willson.

PgHLANGE VI, Pittsburgh, Pa., 28 September 1974 [Null-A Players]

Disclave, Washington, D.C., 25 May 1975 [Null-A Players]

Panacea Press Publication 41, 1975 [text; edition of 210]

Minicon 11, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 17 April 1976

Fennell, David, Martian Invasion [Puppets]

The Hood [villain of the Thunderbirds series] is producing a science fiction movie about a Martian invasion with the intent of obtaining secret information about the Thunderbirds. This he will sell to some nefarious foreign country. Of course, he is foiled. Action is in Supermarionation. Director: David Elliott; Executive Producer: Gerry Anderson; Creators: Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

Thunderbirds, March 17, 1966 (ITV Productions)

Galvin, W. Randolph, Heavenly Body [Play]

Ralph and Carmen have collaborated on a series of successful detective novels. On the basis of that, they have a contract for three SF novels. However, they have no expertise in the field and the deadline is approaching. Ralph borrows an isolated cabin from a friend where they can write without disturbances. The first night there a partially-clad woman staggers in out of a storm; they believe her to be a space traveler.

Black Curtain Dinner Theater [Indianapolis], 14 August 1976

I. E. Clark, Inc. 081-1, 1978 [text]

Garrett, Randall, Free Amazons of Gor [Play]

This is one skit, performed three times from three differing viewpoints. It involves the publisher of an SF book company and his two top authors. The viewpoints are those of Darkover, Gor, and New York publishing. The identifications are blatant. New York performance includes Ms. B. [Marion Zimmer Bradley] (Jane Sibley); Norman Gorman [John Norman] (William Linden); the Publisher [Donald A. Wollheim] (Elliot Kay Shorter).

Thendara House 1979 [Berkeley, California]

Darkover Grand Council Meeting 2, July 13-15, 1979 [Flushing, New York]

Gero, Martin  joint author with Wright, Brad, et al.

Gilbert, Brian, Sharma and Beyond [Film]

Stephen Archer teaches English as a Second Language in London; he is also an aspiring SF writer. His ideal is the author of the "Sharma" trilogy, Evan Gorley-Peters, a Stapledonian-type writer. Archer goes to Gorley-Peters' estate to get a critique of his manuscript. Instead he is thrown out. He winds up dating Gorley-Peters' estranged daughter, Natasha. Director: Brian Gilbert. Natasha Gorley-Peters: (Suzanne Borden); Evan Gorley-Peters: (Robert Urquhart); Stephen Archer: (Michael Maloney); Myrna: (Antonia Pemberton); Anton Heron: (Benjamin Whitrow); Vivian: (Tim Wilkinson).

Cinecon, January 1986 [U.S. release]

Gilbert, Doris, The Strange People at Pecos [Teleplay]

Arthur Kern is a science fiction writer; he often dictates his plots into a recorder. His daughter, Laurie suffers from a birth defect that makes her immune to pain. These are misinterpreted by their neighbor, radar expect Jeff Jamison, as evidence of their extraterrestrial origin. The inevitable mix-ups with the law occur but finally all is resolved. However, Laurie still claims she has gone for a ride in a flying saucer. Director: Eddie Davis. Arthur Kern; Dabbs Greer; Laurie Kern; Beverly Washburn; Jeff Jamison; Arthur Franz.

Science Fiction Theater, October 14, 1955 (Universal)

Goldberg, Lee & Rabkin, William, Beyond the Beyond [Teleplay]

This is the 14th episode of She-Wolf of London. Ian, Randi, and Aunt Elsa attend the reunion convention of the 1960s cult SF series Beyond the Beyond.  Ian is to discuss his new book. The creator of the series announces that there will be a movie, but it will be cast with new and younger characters. Soon thereafter he is killed by a malfunctioning prop. Who will be next. Ian Matheson: Neil Dickson; Randi Wallace: Kate Hodge; Aunt Elsa: Dorothea Phillips; Greg Stoddard: Edward De Sousza; Conrad Stipe: Robert McBain; Nicole: Kate Harper; Snork: Hugh Walters; story: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin, & Arthur Sellers; director: Brian Grant. Goldberg used this as the basis of a 1997 book with the same name.

Universal Studios & Finnegan-Pinchuck, January 1991 [syndication]

Goodman, David A. joint author with Rick Copp

Goodman, David A., Where No Fan Has Gone Before [Animated Teleplay]

An episode of Futurama. Fry, having flown to the forbidden world Omega III, is on trial for his life. At the trial he mentions Star Trek. The judge orders one of the Star Trek actors to present evidence—the heads have been preserved since the 21st century. In the 23rd century all Star Trek recordings were sent to Omega III and all fans sentenced to death by the world governments who feared the religion. Fry takes Leonard Nimoy's head and returns to Omega III where he crash lands. The usual energy cloud, Melllvar, gives them all their bodies back. Melllvar creates a Star Trek convention, after which he and Fry contend in Star Trek trivia. Annoyed, Melllvar forces them to act out an episode he wrote in which they fight. Melllvar's mother takes him home and the contending parties escape (leaving the actors' bodies behind as excess weight). They are rescued by Futurama's Kirk-analogue in Nimbus. Creator: Matt Groening; Executive Producer: Ken Keeler; Co-Executive Producer: David Goodman; Producer: Michael Rowe; Director: Pat Shinagawa.

Futurama, 2 April 2002 [Fox]

Gordon, Robert joint author with David Howard

Gorodetsky, Eddie, Rumplestiltskin [Teleplay]

An animated episode in the ALF-TALES subseries—based upon popular fairy tales. After Rumplestiltskin refuses to release the Queen from her bargain, she hires a "Sam Spade"-type private detective, Alf, to find out the name. Alf makes his circuits of his regular underworld contacts, including a meeting with "Fanboy" (complete with Spock-like pointed ears), at a "sci-fi" convention hucksters' room. At the end, Alf exposes Rumplestiltskin by taking a photograph of his car's vanity plate.

ALF-The Cartoon post-1986 [NBC]; rerun January 23, 1992 [Family Channel]

Gould, Howard M., Starting on the Wrong Foot [Teleplay]

Cybill [Shepard] is playing in a science fiction series opposite Jonathan Frakes (who was Commander Riker on Star Trek—The Next Generation). He invites her to attend a Star Trek convention with him in Anaheim. She refuses. During the course of the episode he calls her at places where he ought not to know she is. Finally, he shows up at her home. When no one answers the door, he pulls out his communicator and is beamed to Candice Bergen's home. Editor: Michael Longworthy; executive producers: Jay Daniel & Chuck Lorre.

Cybill, Columbia Broadcasting System, 6 February 1995

Griffiths, Linda, Brother Andre's Heart [Play]

Two aspiring filmmakers cannot leave their apartment for fear of missing any episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. [apparently this is in a universe without VCRs] Note: around the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries, Frere Andre performed miraculous cures for the sick and disabled at what is now St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. One of the relics preserved in the museum is his heart (stolen 19 March 1973 to 21 December 1974).

March 1992, Toronto, Ontario [closed after a few days]

Haines, Richard W. & Sawyer, Lynwood, Space Avenger: The Movie [Film]

Aliens land on Earth in the 1930s and do nothing until the 1980s when they awake and kill many people as required by stfnal tradition. The hero is the artist of the space avenger comic book. He is aided by his girlfriend who is also possessed by an alien. Cast: Robert Prichard, Mike McClerie, Charity Staley, Gina Mastrogiacomo, Kirk Fairbanks Fogg, Angela Nicholas. Producers: Ray Sundlin, Robert A. Harris & Richard W. Haines; Executive Producers: timothy McGinn & David Smith; Director: Richard W. Harris; Photography: Mustupha Barat; Music: Richard Fiocca. Not Rated--88 minutes.

Manley Productions/New Wave, May 1990

Hirsch, Janis, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Teleplay]

Brian gives a bad review to the latest Star Squad movie and the Squaddies (read, Trekkies) come to the office to protest and force Brian to attend their convention. Hannah Louann Miller: Jamie Lee Curtis, Martin "Marty" Ezekiel Gold: Richard Lewis, Brian Alquist:,Joseph Maher Catherine Hughes: Ann Magnuson, Director: James Widdoes, Co-executive producer: Janis Hirsch.

Anything But Love ABC 6 December 1989

Hodgson, Sheila, The Lodestone [Radioplay]

The fantasy writer M. R. James is the narrator and main character in this story. The illustrations for his (non-fiction) book are unacceptable because a large tombstone keeps appearing in them. James follows his illustrator, Francis Lippiat, through parts of England in search of this tombstone. When they finally locate it, it becomes apparent that Lippiat may be under some sort of curse dating from his ancestor's death as a witch. This is based upon a plot in James's essay "Stories I Have Tried To Write."  Hodgson also wrote a short story adapted from this play.

BBC Radio 4, 19 April 1989

Howard, David & Gordon, Robert, GalaxyQuest [Film]

The TV series GalaxyQuest has been off the air for 20 years. Still, there are conventions (if you want to believe this has parallels in Star Trek, that's up to you. An alien race, threatened by evil conquerors, mistakes the shows for "historical documents?" and brings the crew on board their space ship—a working replica of the show's NSEA Protector—to defeat this enemy. The following format is in-film real person (GalaxyQuest character): real-world actor—Jason Nesmith (Commander Peter Quincy Taggart): Tim Allen; Gwen DeMarco (Lt. Tawny Madison): Sigourney Weaver; Alexander Dane (Dr. Lazarus): Alan Rickman; Fred Kwan (Tech Sergeant Chen): Tony Shalhoub; Tommy Webber (Lt. Laredo): Daryl Mitchell; Mathesar (—): Enrico Colantoni; Guy Fleegman (Crewman #6): Sam Rockwell; Director: Dean Parisot; Producers: Mark Johnson & Charles Newirth; Director of Photography: Jerzy Zielinski; Creature Design and Special Effects Makeup: Stan Winston; original story: Robert Gordon; novelization: Terry Bisson.

DreamWorks, December 1999

Hutson, Lee joint author with Jack Weinstein

Johnson, Monica joint author with Albert Brooks

Junkin, Harry W. joint author with John Kruse

Keller, Mark joint author with Sue Anderson

Kimura, Takeshi & Sekizawa, Shinichi, Chikyu Kogeki - Gojira tai Gaigan [Film]

This is possibly the worst (or best, depending upon your viewpoint) of the Godzilla movies. Wannabe anime artist Gengo Kotaka has created two new monsters—the Monster of Homework and the Monster of Overly Strict Mothers. Strangely, no publisher is interested in his work. He gets a job with a group that is ostensibly building a children's amusement park with artificial monsters. In reality, they are aliens who desire to conquer the Earth. They are bringing in Gigan and King Ghidrah to finish off Godzilla. However, allied with Angilas (Anguirus), Godzilla says the Earth until the next film. This is the first, last, and only role where Godzilla has lines. Director: Jun Fukuta; Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka; Gengo Kotaka: Hiroshi Ishikawa; Machiko Shima: Tomoko Umeda; Tomoko Tomoe: Yuriko Hishimi; Takasugi: Minoru Takashima. The U.S. title was originally Godzilla on Monster Island; the video release is Godzilla vs. Gigan.  Other titles used are Earth Destruction Directive: Godzilla vs. Gigan, Earth Assault Order: Godzilla vs. Gigan, and War of the Monsters.

Toho Company, Ltd, 12 March 1972 (89 minutes)

Kline, Jeff, Deadliners [Animated]

Season 1, Episode 5 of the Extreme Ghostbusters. Horror writer J. N. Kline makes a deal with a set of monsters to write about them in exchange for fame, fortune, etc. However, his books cause the monsters to come into our world. It is necessary for the Extreme Ghostbusters to deal with this situation. Directors: Chris Berkeley, Alan Caldwell.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, 5 September 1997,

Kretchmer, Bonnie Lynne, Hotel Dick [Teleplay]

The crew see Dawn of the Aliens and are disturbed by the stereotypes. Dick decides to reveal to Mary that he is an alien—at the SF convention in Cleveland. Mary first mistakes his confession as an admission of being in a mental clinic and later thinks he is playing along in a sex game. A possibly disastrous ending to their hotel stay is averted when Tommy transfers their Room Service bill to George Takei [playing the role of George Takei attending an SF convention]. An episode (#205) of Third Rock From the Sun.  Dick Solomon/The High Commander: John Lithgow; Sally Solomon / Lieutenant: Kristen Johnston; Tommy Solomon / Intelligence Specialist: Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Harry Solomon: French Stewart; Dr. Mary Albright: Jane Curtin; Nina: Simbi Khali. Producers: Marcy Carsey & Tom Werner.

Carsey-Werner Company, 29 September 1996 [NBC]

Kruse, John & Junkin, Harry W., The Fiction Makers [Teleplay]

An adventure of Simon Templar—the Saint. Amos Klein' best-selling novels are to be made into a film series. While Templar is visiting Finlay Hugoson, Klein's publisher, two men break in and steal Klein's address. They want the author to plan a scheme to rob a secret vault under North Wales. Not knowing that Amos Klein is a woman, they think Templar is the author and kidnap him—along with Klein, whom they believe to be his secretary. Two of the villains take names from Klein's books—Galaxy Rose and Warlock. Director: Roy Baker. Simon Templar: Roger Moore; Amos Klein: Sylvia Syms; Finlay Hugoson: Peter Ashmore; Galaxy Rose: Justine Lord; Warlock: Kenneth J. Warren.

ITV 1968 [U.S. air date]

Kurtzman, Alex and Orci, Roberto, For Those of You Just Joining Us... [Teleplay]

B. S. Hollingoffer sends the Hercules writers and production crew to writing camp WannaChuck for one week to produce new ideas and episodes. They start to come up with new ideas aided by Sorbo. However, a murder is in the offing and Sorbo must prevent this without revealing that he is really Hercules. Ares shows up also. Director: Bruce Campbell; Executive Producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi; Hercules: Kevin Sorbo; B. S. Hollingoffer: Robert Trebor; Sunny Day: Renee O'Connor; Norma Bates: Tamara Gorski; Ioalus: Michael Hurst; Callisto: Hudson Leick

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (090) 9 January 1999, Studios USA Television Distribution LLC

Kurtzman, Alex and Orci, Roberto, Yes, Virginia, There is a Hercules [Teleplay]

Kevin Sorbo does not show up for the program following an earthquake in Los Angeles. The writers and production staff have to deal with this. Director: Christopher Graves; Executive Producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi; Hercules: Kevin Sorbo; Ioalus: Michael Hurst; Callisto: Hudson Leick; Salmoneus: Robert Trebor.

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (074) 23 February 1998, Studios USA Television Distribution LLC

Laird, Jack, Professor Peabody's Last Lecture [Teleplay]

Professor Peabody is speaking to his class on ancient religions and cults including that of the Great Old Ones. He derides them by name and finishes up with an attack on The Necronomicon.  In the process of this he argues with one of his students, Derleth. Needless to say, the Professor comes to a bad end — transformed into a monstrous being (but, apparently, still holding tenure). Perhaps this is only tuckerization but I wanted to include it. Director: Jerrold Freedman. Professor Peabody: (Carl Reiner); Lovecraft: (Johnnie Collins III); Bloch: (Richard Annis); Miss Heald: (Louise Lawson); Derleth: (Larry Watson).

Night Gallery, 10 November 1971 [broadcast]

"A Show-by-Show Guide to Rod Serling's Night Gallery" by J. Michael Straczunski & Kathryn M. Drennan, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, 5:6 February 1986 (p.75)[teleplay summary]

Laird, Jack, Quoth the Raven [Teleplay]

Edgar Allan Poe is attempting to write a new poem—"The Raven."  He is having a difficult time with it until the bird sitting upon the bust of Pallas gives him the correct words. Director: Jeff Corey. Edgar Allan Poe: Marty Allen.

Night Gallery, 8 December 1971 [broadcast]

"A Show-by-Show Guide to Rod Serling's Night Gallery" by J. Michael Straczunski & Kathryn M. Drennan, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, 6:1 April 1986 (p.79)[teleplay summary]

Lane, Chuck joint author with Maxine Lapidus

Langham, Mark, Operation Plughole [Play]

The major characters of this one-act play are George Venables, a British SF writer, and his maid Miss McPhaill. When Venables cannot resolve a problem in the plot, she is the one who comes up with solution—in her sleep. One day they are invaded by British troops and the Prime Minister who accuses them of espionage since Venables' latest novel details the secret fuel for the new British Mars rocket. Venables tells the PM that Martians are sending him information via Miss McPhaill's dreams. The PM does not believe this, but then receives a telephone call from Flub—a character in Venables' currently incomplete novel.

Evans Brothers, Ltd., 1962 [text]

Lapidus, Maxine & Lane, Chuck, Santa Claus [Teleplay]

An episode of Roseanne (4.12 #84) where it is revealed that Darlene has been writing SF short stories. Roseanne is moonlighting as a department store Santa Claus; there she meets Darlene's new friend Karen, who runs a book store. Karen and her husband plan to attend a Star Trek™ convention (where they usually dress as Romulans) with Darlene. The episode ends with Darlene posting one of her writings on the refrigerator so Roseanne can read it. Roseanne: Roseanne Barr Arnold; Dan: John Goodman; Darlene: Sara Gilbert; Karen Miller: Lee Garlington. Story idea by Barry Vigon.

ABC-TV December 17, 1991

Lenhart, Kerry & Sakmar, John J., Stronger Than Steele [Teleplay]

An episode of Remington Steele. The old television SF series Atomic Man is being made into a movie with a new cast. The original actor, Maxwell Donahue, threatens to kill the producer, Steven Spooner. Jennifer Davenport, Spooner's collaborator, takes advantage of this to kill Spooner and frame Donahue for this, dressing in an Atomic Man costume identical to the one Donahue has been wearing. Her alibi is that she and the cleaning woman, Hazel, were watching an old Atomic Man episode at the time of the murder. It is up to Laura to prove the truth. Director: Stan Lathan. Laura Holt: Stephanie Zimbalist; Remington Steele: Pierce Brosnan; Maxwell Donahue: Conrad Janis; Jennifer Davenport: Nancy Stafford; Steven Spooner: Tom Harrison; Hazel: Gamy L. Taylor; Detective Jimmy Jarvis: Gary Frank.

NBC-TV, 15 January 1985

Lewin, Robert & Roddenberry, Gene, Datalore [Teleplay]

A marginal item. The Enterprise stops at the planet where Data was assembled. Before beaming down Lt. Tasha Yar refers to Dr. Noonian Soong who was a well-respected robotics expert until he tried to make Asimov's dream of a positronic brain come true. Director: Rob Bowman.

Star Trek The Next Generation (episode #11), Paramount, 16 January 1988

Machover, Tod, Valis [Opera]

This is an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick trilogy of "Valis" novels.

Pompidou Center [Paris], 2 December 1987

Bridge Records, 1988 [compact disk]

The Cube, Massachusetts Institute of Technology [Cambridge, Mass.], 16 June 1989

Mallozzi, Joseph joint author with Brad Wright & Paul Mullie

Mallozzi, Joseph joint author with Wright, Brad, et al.

Martin, Steve, Bowfinger [Film]

Bobby Bowfinger who has no money is making a low-budget SF movie, Chubby Rain, by secretly filming the actor Kit Ramsey (who is into Mind Head, read Scientology). Ramsey doesn't know he's part of this project. Bobby Bowfinger: Steve Martin; Kit Ramsey: Eddie Murphy; Jiff Ramsey: Eddie Murphy; Carol: Christine Baranski; Daisy: Heather Graham. Director: Frank Oz

13 August 1999, Universal Pictures

Materra, John, Time After Time [Play]

An adaptation based upon Karl Alexander's novel of the same title. Revised and edited by Steve Barrows.

Dramatic Publishing Company (Chicago), 1983

McCann, John P., Freak-a-Panel [Cartoon]

This is episode #20 of Freakazoid!  Freakazoid is at a science fiction convention. While on a panel, he has to explain why his show is so unpopular. He also has a bout with Cave Guy there. There is a disclaimer apologizing to Klingon-Americans. Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg

31 May 1997, Warner Brothers Animation in Association with Amblin Entertainment

McCullough, Alan  joint author with Wright, Brad, et al.

McNamara, John, Tempus, Anyone? [Teleplay]

Once again Tempus is up to no good (Weinstein and Hutson, Tempus Fugative). He kidnaps both Lois Lane and H. G. Wells and brings them to a parallel dimension, one where Tempus is going to be mayor of Metropolis and Clark Kent is not Superman. In this universe Lois Lane is dead (1967-1993) and Clark is going to marry his Smallville sweetheart, Lana Lang. Lana is the one who has kept Clark from using his powers. Lois manages to convince Clark to become Superman; Perry White (with the support of ex-President Elvis Presley) wins the mayoralty election and Tempus is foiled once again. Wells returns Lois to her own universe. This is an episode from the third season of Lois and Clark. Superman [Kal-el]/Clark Kent (Dean Cain); Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher); Perry White (Lane Smith); Jimmy Olsen (Justin Whalin); H. G. Wells (Terry Kiser); Tempus (Lane Davies); Co-producers: Chris Lang, Grant Rosenberg, Jim Michaels; Producers: Philip J. Sgriccia, Jimmy Simms; Supervising Producers: Chris Ruppenthal, John McNamara; Executive Producers: Eugene Ross-Liming, Brad Buckner, Robert Singer; Director: Winrich Kolbe;

21 January 1996, Warner Brothers

Mellette, Robert Sidney, The Xena Scrolls [Teleplay]

In a takeoff on Raiders of the Lost Ark, Janice (the Indiana Jones character) an archaeologist in Macedonia in 1942 finds the lost tomb of Ares. Ares can only be revived by a descendant of Xena; luckily such a person is at hand—Mel, the daughter of an archaeologist who worked in this field—she can translate the writing of that time. Xena reapears in the body of her descendant to put Ares back into storage. They escape the tomb with the "Xena Scrolls" which chronicle her adventures. In 1992, Ted Raimi is trying to interest Rob Tapert in a series based upon the scrolls he found in his grandfather's attic. Xena/Mel: Lucy Lawless; Gabrielle/Janice: Renee O'Connor; Ares: Kevin Smith; Jacques S'Er [Joxer]/Jack Kleinman/Ted Raimi: Ted Raimi; Rob Tapert: Rob Tapert. Teleplay: Adam Armus & Nora Kay Foster; Director: Charlie Haskell; Producer: Sam Raimi; Executive Producer: Robert G. Tapert.

Xena, Warrior Princess, MCA Televison Entertainment, Episode 34, Series 2-10, 13 January 1997

Menosky, Joe, Time's Arrow [Teleplay]

This is a two-part episode of Star Trek—The Next Generation.  The Enterprise finds aliens in a cavern on Devidia II who are raiding 19th century San Francisco for life energy. During the investigation Data is taken through the portal to Earth. He sets himself up as an inventor with the aid of his hotel's bellboy (who turns out to be Jack London) and meets Samuel Clemens and Guinan—who is secretly visiting Earth. Later Picard, Riker, La Forge, Troi, and Crusher also arrive and the usual set of adventures occur including a visit to the 24th century Enterprise by Clemens. Teleplay by Joe Menosky and Michael Pillar. Samuel Clemens: Jerry Hardin; Jack London: Michael Arvin.

Paramount, week of 15 June 1992 [part 1]; week of 21 September 1992 [part 2]

Minnesota Science Fiction Society, Midwest-side Story [Musical]

This takes place at the 1973 Worldcon in Minneapolis in an alternate timeline. (In the timeline of this bibliography the 1973 Worldcon was held in Toronto.) It is the story of fanzine-publishing fans versus convention-running fans. It tells of a young female fanzine fan running her first convention and of a young male conrunner pubbing his first zine. Based upon Westside Story (which was based upon Romeo and Juliet which was based upon...). Written, etc. by the members of the Minnesota Science Fiction Society (Minn-Stf) especially Susan Ryan, Jerry Stearns, and Denny Lien; book published by David Emerson.

MinnStf, Minicon 12 [Minneapolis], 9 April 1977

Monette, Paul joint author with Alfred Sole

Morton, Lisa, Radio Free Albemuth [Play]

This is an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. It was adapted and directed by Lisa Morton. The newspaper review was not favorable.

January 1991

Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1991 [review]

Mullie, Paul joint author with Brad Wright & Joseph Mallozzi

Mullie, Paul joint author with Wright, Brad, et al.

O'Keefe, Peter, My Ghostwriter—the Vampire [Teleplay]

Peter Prentis is a horror writer best known as a hack. He is visited by the vampire Count Draco who offers him his own experiences as plots in return for a place to secrete his coffin. Prentis comes out with one bestseller—900 Years of Darkness.  He tries to do away with the Count but fails. Director: Frank De Palma; Peter Prentis: Jeff Conaway; Count Draco: Roy Dotrice; Jayne: Juillie Mack; Carmen: Chi Chi Navarro.

Tales from the Darkside, January 26, 1987

Orci, Roberto joint author with Alex Kurtzman

Rabkin, William joint author with Lee Goldberg

Reisman, Mark, The Show Must Go Off [Teleplay]

This is episode 176 of Frasier. Frasier and Roz are attending a science fiction convention to search for X-Men comics for his son. They are directed by a Klingon and meet co-workers who are in costume. Frasier finds an old Shakespearean theatrical idol of his Jackson Hedley. He is now; signing autographs in his role of Tobor, the ship's android on Space Patrol. Kelsey Grammer: Frasier Crane; Peri Gilpin: Roz Doyle; Sir Derek Jacobi: Jackson Hedley; Patrick MacNee: Cecil Hedley; director: Robert H. Egan.

Frasier, February 6, 2001

Richard, Jean-Louis joint author with François Truffaut

Roddenberry, Gene joint author with Robert Lewin

Ruppenthal, Chris, The Boogieman, October 31, 1964 [Teleplay]

Sam Beckett slips back in time and become a horror writer living in Maine in 1964 (are such things possible?). As Hallowe'en approaches the usual inexplicable deaths occur culminating in a battle with the Devil. Director: Joe Napolitano; Sam Beckett: Scott Bakula; Al: Dean Stockwell; Mary (the writer's wife): Valerie Mahaffey.

Quantum Leap, October 26, 1990

Sagay, Misan and Sagay, O. O., The Secret Laughter of Women [Mainstream Film]

A romantic comedy drama set in the Nigerian community in the south of France. The protagonists are a cynical English SF (or comics writer) and Nimi, a single mother with a son, Sammy. Her mother, Nene, wants to marry her off to the newly-arrived Rev. Fola. Matthew: However, her son has confused Matthew with his comic creation Saracen, and wants him for his mother's husband. In the tradition of such scripts, Matthew and Nimi become interested in each other. However, Matthew is married, and the women of the community deem the Reverend a more worthy candidate for Nimi. Matthew: Colin Firth; Matthew's wife: Caroline Goodall; Minni: Nia Long; Nene: Jake Jacobs; Sammy: Fissy Roberts; Rev. Fola: Ariyon Bakare. Producer-Writer: Misan Sagan; Producer: Jon Slan; Executive Producer: Gareth Jones; Director: Peter Schwabach; Cinematographer: Martin Fuhrer. 100 minutes.

1998 (late)? Handmade Films Ltd. [UK] Paragon Films

Sakmar, John J. joint author with Kerry Lenhart

Sawyer, Lynwood joint author with Richard W. Haines

Schevill, James, Lovecraft's Follies [Play]

This is about a scientist in the U. S. space program who is concerned with the manner in which scientific discoveries are put to use in society. H. P. Lovecraft appears here as a character and as a symbol of corrupt white society—not a role that the actual person would find all that easy to play.

Trinity Square Repertory Company, Rhode Island School of Design Theatre [Providence], 10 March to 11 April 1970

Swallow Press, 1971 [text]

Schneider, John, The Unnamed [Play]

This play is based upon the story "Haunter of the Dark" by H. P. Lovecraft.  Director: Mark Peckham; Sets: Carol Caulfield; Costumes: Aurel Peterson; Lighting: Kathleen Giebler; Robert Blake: Don Jackson; Chorus: Bill Forbes, Nicole Godino, Halley T. Wayne.

NewGate Theatre (Providence, Rhode Island), October 9, 1991

The Providence Journal-Bulletin, October 10, 1991 (pp.E1, E8) [review]

Serling, Rod, The Bard [Teleplay]

Julius Moomer is a dreadful screenplay writer. His agent gives him one last chance to succeed with a quick turn-around assignment for a horror/magic series. Moomer buys a book of spells at a used bookstore. He finally summons William Shakespeare who ghost writes The Tragic Cycle for him. It will be a huge hit but, naturally, everyone has to make changes. When Shakespeare sees it in production he is enraged and clobbers the male lead. When Moomer's next assignment is for a historical drama, he conjures a large writing staff from the past. Director: David Butler. Julius Moomer: Jack Weston; William Shakespeare: John Williams.

The Twilight Zone, May 23, 1963 [broadcast]

The Twilight Zone Companion (edited by Marc Scott Zicree), Bantam 01416-1, December 1982 (pp.339-343) [teleplay summary]

Sekizawa, Shinichi joint author with Takeshi Kimura

Selfman, Naomi L., Evil Eyes [Film]

An aspiring screenwriter Jeff Stenn is scripting a horror film based upon a brutal slaying of a family. However, as he writes murders occur around him mirroring his script. Director: Mark Atkins; Jeff Stenn: Adam Baldwin; George: Udo Kier; Peter: Mark A. Sheppard. 88 minutes, Rated R.

Anthill Productions, LLC, The Asylum 4 August 2004

Sole, Alfred & Monette, Paul, Tales of the Undead [Teleplay]

Jay Star is a comic book writer—creator of Tales of the Undead with Ferrus (a monster). His characters were bought from him at a ridiculously low by by the usual evil publisher. Now he is looking for revenge against them and Ferrus is on the loose killing a book store owner and stealing one of the comics wherein he starred. Ryan Dillon and Micki Foster must solve this problem. Director: Lyndon Chubbick; Jay Star: Ray Walston; Ryan Dallion: John D. Lemay; Micki Foster: Robey.

Friday the 13th—the Series, January 25, 1988

Subiela, Eliseo, Man Facing Southeast [Film]

Dr. Julio Denis works in the Buenos Aires psychiatric hospital. A new patient in Rantes who claims to be from another galaxy; every night he faces southeast to communicate with his home world. The doctor suspects that his patient has read Adolfo Bioy Casares' "Morel's Invention."  The other patients accept him as their savior. Beatriz Dick (the Saint) may be his sister and/or another extraterrestrial (she is based upon Philip K. Dick). At the end, nothing is resolved—is he a madman, an extraterrestrial, or Christ. Director: Eliseo Subiela. Dr. Julio Denis: Lorenzo Quinteros; Rantes: Hugo Soto; Beatriz Dick(the Saint); Inés Vernengo; Dr. Prieto: Rubens W. Correa; Hospital Director: David Edery; Mental Patient: Tomás Voth. In Argentine Spanish (Hombre Mirando al Sudeste) with English subtitles. 105 minutes; rated R.

Cinequanon, distributed by FilmDallas Pictures, Toronto Festival of Festivals, September 1986

Cinema 1, New York, N. Y., March 13, 1987

FilmDallas Pictures F87101 [VHS videotape], 1987

Review in the New York Times, March 13, 1987 p. C4.

Taylor, Bill, Spaced Out [Teleplay]

A stolen laser crystal is hidden at a science fiction convention. Wonder Woman must beat two rival groups to it. There is much emphasis on the weird costumes of the convention attendees. Director: Ivan Dickson. Wonder Woman: Lynda Carter.

The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Warner Brothers, January 26, 1979 (CBS)

Thompson, Tommy, Future Boy, October 6, 1957 [Teleplay]

Dr. Sam Beckett travels back to October 6, 1957 into the role of "Future Boy", sidekick of "Captain Galaxy" in the television SF series Captain Galaxy and Future Boy of the Time Patrol.  The actor who plays Captain Galaxy is trying to build a time machine. He fails but his response to a letter from the young Sam Beckett starts him on the path to his time travel. Dr. Sam Beckett: Scott Bakula; Moe Stein [Captain Galaxy]: Richard Herd; Irene Stein Kiner: Debra Stricklin; Ben: George Wyner.

Quantum Leap March 13, 1991 (Bellisarius Productions)

Truffaut, François & Richard, Jean-Louis, Fahrenheit 451 [Film]

An adaptation of Bradbury's famous novella of the same name. In this future, reading is discouraged and books are burned by the firemen. At the end, there is a group of people who have memorized many books. In the film they recite some of them including science fiction, even to that of Bradbury. This is not in the written versions. The film is explicitly recursive while the stories are only implicitly so. (Only the first appearances of the stories are given below.) Director: François Truffaut. Montag: (Oskar Werner); Linda/Clarisse: (Julie Christie); (Cyril Cusack).

"The Firemen", Galaxy 1:5 February 1951 (pp.4-61) [original written version]

"Fahrenheit 451", in Fahrenheit 451, Ballantine 41, 1953 [expanded version]

Fahrenheit 451, Vineyard Films/Universal, 1966 [film version]

Walkow, Gary, The Trouble With Dick [Film]

Dick Kendred wants to be a successful, serious science fiction writer. His publisher Mr. Samsa (who has all the appeal of a cockroach) wants something "new and unusual like everyone else is selling."  He moves into a house, recommended by an old friend, to save money. Unfortunately, the landlady and her daughter make sexual advances to him that drain his time and energy. He is interested in the old friend, but she is not interested in him, except as an old friend. Dick begins to lose the boundaries between reality and his writing and the scene switches between Earth and the stories he is writing or planning. Some of the hero is based upon the SF author Philip Kendred Dick. The film is "A Frolix Production" (Philip K. Dick's Our Friends from Frolix 8, Ace 64400, June 1970); one of the books being read by the hero is The Zap Gun (Philip K. Dick, Pyramid R1569, January 1967). Dick Kendred (Tom Villard); Dr. Diane Freed (Susan Dey); Sheila Dipple (Elaine Griftos); Haley Dipple (Elizabeth Gorcey). Based on a story by Paul Freedman and Gary Walkow.

Academy Entertainment, 1986 [video 1-9485-1211-3]

Walton, Bryce, The Greatest Monster of Them All [Teleplay]

Ernest Von Kroft played the role of the monster in many horror films. His latest job, the first in a long time, is a Z-grade film. Due to a dubbing mistake, his performance is ruined. The writer, Logan, later finds the film's director and producer dead with the traditional vampire stigmata of fang holes in the neck. Just them Von Kroft leaps to his death. Director: Robert Stevens: Ernest Von Kroft: Richard Hale; Fred Logan (the writer): William Redfield; MortyLenton: Robert H. Harris; Hal Ballew: Sam Jaffe.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents, February 14, 1961

Weinstein, Jack & Hutson, Lee, Tempus Fugative [Teleplay]

SF writer H. G. Wells built a gold-powered time machine and traveled to the 22nd century to find a utopian society founded by Lois Lane and Clark Kent. Tempus, a villain from this future forces Wells to take him back to 1966 in order to kill Superman as a baby. However, aided by H. G. Wells, Lois and Clark prevent this; Wells has Tempus incarcerated in a 19th century asylum. There is a third season sequel by John McNamara, Tempus, Anyone?  Superman [Kal-el]/Clark Kent (Dean Cain); Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher); Perry White (Lane Smith); Jimmy Olson (Justin Whalin); H. G. Wells (Terry Kiser); Tempus (Lane Davies); Second season, episode 18 of Lois and Clark. Producer: John McNamara; Line Producer: Jimmy Simons; Co-Executive Producer: Randall Zisk; Executive Producer: Robert Singer; Director: James Bagdonas.

26 March 1995, Warner Brothers

Winkler, Harry joint author with Coons, Hannibal

Wright, Brad; Cooper, Robert C.; Mallozzi, Joseph; Mullie, Paul; Binder, Carl; Gero, Martin; McCullough, Alan; 200 [Teleplay]

This is the 200th episode (#1006) of Stargate SG-1..Martin Lloyd comes to Stagate Command to vet his script and get ideas for a Wormhole X-treme! movie. Ideas are presented and discarded including obvious references to The Wizard of Oz, Star Trek, Farscape, Shaft, and supermarionation (Thunderbirds). None of these ideas work out but their need is obviated when the movie is cancelled and the series re-instated. Ten years later the cast and crew of Wormhole X-treme! are interviewed after their 200th episode. Martin Lloyd announces that there will be a feature film made. Grell delivers a pertinent quote from Isaac Asimov about science fiction. Teleplay: as above; Director: Martin Wood; Major General Jack O'Neill: Richard Dean Anderson; Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter: Amanda Tapping; Dr. Daniel Jackson: Michael Shanks; Teal'c: Christopher Judge; Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell: Ben Browder; Vala Mal Doran: Claudia Black; General Hank Landry: Beau Bridges; General Gen. George Hammond: Don S. Davis; Martin Lloyd: Willie Garson. Complete details on the in-group jokes will be found on Wikipedia at

Sci-Fi Channel 18 August 2006

Wright, Brad; Mallozzi, Joseph; Mullie, Paul, Wormhole X-treme! [Teleplay]

This is an episode (#512) of Stargate SG-1. An alien spaceship is approaching Earth on automatic pilot to rescue four marooned aliens. Martin Lloyd is one of these aliens. While using memory suppressant drugs he has sold the idea of a wormhole SF series to a production company. While trying to deal with the aliens, Star Gate Command runs into its old opponents, the NID. Eventually, Col. O'Neill turns to control device over to the aliens who leave Earth—except for Martin who has found a career in television production. Although Wormhole X-treme! is ostensibly written as a serious adventure SF show, the entire episode is a parody of Star Gate SG-1 itself. There are many in-group jokes about Stargate, Star Trek, The X-Files, The Matrix, and The Six Million Dollar Man among others. Many of the parts of the Wormhole X-treme! production crew are played by their actual counterparts on Star Gate SG-1. Teleplay: Josehp Mallozzi, Paul Mullie; Director: Peter DeLuise; Colonel Jack O'Neill: Richard Dean Anderson; Major Samantha Carter: Amanda Tapping; Dr. Daniel Jackson: Michael Shanks; Teal'c: Christopher Judge; Gen. George Hammond: Don S. Davis; Dr. Janet Frasier: Teryl Rothery; Martin Lloyd (Willie Garson); Nick Marlowe/Colonel Danning: Michael DeLuise; Director of Wormhile X-treme!: Peter DeLuise; Yolanda Reese/Stacy Monroe; Tanner: Robert Lewis; Studio Executive: Benjamin Ratner; Raymond Gunne / Dr. Levant: Christian Bocher; Props Guy: Don Thompson; NID Agent Malcolm Barrett: Peter Fleming; Douglas Anders / Grell: Herbert Duncanson; Bill the A.D.: David Sinclair; Alien Princess: Kiara Hunter; Bob: Mar Andersons; Security Guard: Laura Drummond; Head SFX: Keath Thome.

Showtime 8 September 2001

Zemeckis, Robert & Gale, Bob, Back to the Future [Film]

Marty McFly uses Dr. Emmett Brown's time-traveling DeLorean to go back in time to when his parents were in high school. After many adventures, not the least of which is fighting off the romantic urges of the girl who will become his mother, Marty creates an alternate future. It is to this future that he returns. In this alternate time line his father George is a successful science fiction author whose first novel is A Match Made in Space.  Marty McFly: (Michael J. Fox); Dr. Emmett Brown: (Christopher Lloyd); George McFly: (Crispin Glover); Lorraine Baines [McFly]: (Lea Thompson); Biff Tannen: (Thomas F. Wilson).

Universal Studios, July 1985

Berkley 08205-9, July 1985 [novelization by George Gipe]

Zicree, Marc Scott, Far Beyond the Stars [Teleplay]

Sisko falls ill and thinks his crew and friends are Americans of 1953. Then, Sisko is in 1953 in the role of Benny Russell, a black SF writer. His companions (in human form) are members of the staff; Odo is the editor. They are all assigned to write stories arounds illustrations—Benny's drawing shows a space station much like Deep Space Nine. This is episode #137 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Director: Avery Brooks; teleplay: Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler. Captain Benjamin Sisko: Avery Brooks; Odo: Rene Auberjonois; Lieutenant Commander Worf: Michael Dorn: Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax: Terry Farrell; Jake Sisko: Cirroc Lofton; Chief Operations Officer Miles O'Brien: Colm Meaney; Quark: Armin Shimerman; Dr. Julian Bashir: Alexander Siddig; Major Kira Nerys: Nana Visitor. Guest Stars: Joseph/Preacher: Brock Peters; Weyoun/Mulkahey: Jeffrey Combs; Gul Dukat/ Ryan: Marc Alaimo; Martok/Roy: J.G. Hertzler; Nog/Vendor: Aron Eisenberg; Kasidy/Cassie: Penny Johnson.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine7 February 1998

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