To Our Readers: Jul. 8, 1996

RICHARD CORLISS, writer of the cover story on big- and small-screen aliens, recalls having to sleep with the light on after seeing the 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers as a lad. "In a way, thinking about the terror a good movie could provoke made me want to be a film critic." Since 1980 he has been that at TIME, also reviewing theater, music, sports and the occasional theme park. He keeps an open mind on alien autopsies and abductions. His wife Mary, though, is a believer in editorial abductions, especially on those late nights when Corliss is in his TIME...

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