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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Collector
Produced by Robert Jaffe
Written by George R. R. Martin
Robert Jaffe
Starring Catherine Mary Stewart
Michael Praed
John Standing
Lisa Blount
Glenn Withrow
James Avery
Music by Doug Timm
Cinematography Shelly Johnson
Edited by Tom Siiter
Distributed by The Vista Organization
Release dates
October 23, 1987
Running time
89 min
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,149,470[1]

Nightflyers is the title of a 1980 novella by George R. R. Martin, a 1985 short story collection by the same author that includes the novella, and a 1987 science fiction-horror film based on that novella.


The 1980 novella was the recipient of the 1983 Seiun Award for Best Foreign Language Short Story of the Year.


The collection is the fifth by Martin and was first published in December 1985. It contains the following stories:

  • "Nightflyers"
  • "Override"
  • "Weekend in a War Zone"
  • "And Seven Times Never Kill Man"
  • "Nor the Many-Colored Fires of a Star Ring"
  • "A Song for Lya"


The film is about a group of scientists who begin a space voyage to find a mysterious alien creature, and in the process are victimized by the ship's malevolent computer. The film was directed by Robert Collector, and stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed, James Avery, and John Standing.

The film was released theatrically on October 23, 1987 and mainly received negative reviews upon release[according to whom?], although the movie has started to gain a small cult following[citation needed] upon its 1988 home video release by International Video Entertainment. In a classic blunder of advertising[according to whom?], it was marketed as a Halloween horror film, which it was not[citation needed].


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