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US juvenile tv series (1974-1976). Filmation Associates for CBS television. Directors included Hollingsworth Morse, Chuck Menville, Henry J Lange Jr and Robert Chenault. Writers included character creator C C Beck, Donald F Glut, Marianne Means and Olga Simms. Cast includes Jackson Bostwick, John Davey, Michael Gray and Les Tremayne. 28 30-minute episodes. Colour. / In this live-action series Billy Batson (Gray) is a teenager with the ability to become Captain Marvel (Bostwick, later Davey) ...

Smith, Stef

(?   -    ) Scottish playwright, several of whose plays edge into the fantastic, including Human Animals (performed 2016; 2016), where the Ecological crises created by Homo sapiens are seen through an unconcerted but threatening Invasion of urban areas by wildlife. Of more direct sf interest is Girl in the Machine (performed 2017; 2017), in which mandatory micro-transponders implanted beneath the skin turn humans into transactable fungibles, while giving them ...

Mercier, Lewis Page

(1820-1875) UK minister, schoolmaster and translator, signing as Mercier Lewis and Louis Mercier; it has been surmised that a combination of career and financial difficulties forced him into the translation trade, and these pressures plus ill health may explain the occasional shoddiness of (and frequent cuts to) his translations of Jules Verne novels; the frequency with which they were reprinted remains anomalous. The degree to which his translations were actually completed by his "assistant" ...

Pflug, Ursula

(1958-    ) Tunisian born author, raised in Canada, who began to publish work of interest with "Memory Lapse at The Waterfront" (in New Bodies: A Collection of Science Fiction, anth 1981, ed anon), which was assembled, with other speculative fictions, as After the Fires (coll 2008). Her novel, Green Music (2001), Equipoisally combines Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and Utopia in its depiction of an anti-Toronto called Marina, housed in ...

Ridley, Frank A

The usual working name of UK politician, freethinker and author Francis Ambrose Ridley (1897-1994), most of whose books were on historical subjects. The Green Machine (1926) as by F H Ridley, though clearly cavalier in its treatment of science – presenting as it does the eponymous bicycle as a Spaceship capable of interplanetary travel – interestingly sends its protagonist to tour a crowded solar system, landing first on Mars, where he finds an advanced civilization (see Life on ...

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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