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Kemp, Earl

(1929-2020) US editor and publisher, father of Earl Terry Kemp; an important figure in American Fandom from the 1950s on, who was one of the founders of Advent: Publishers (which see) in 1956. Kemp was an associate of William L Hamling (whom see for details), an association which caused his imprisonment. It is now acknowledged that he edited The Science Fiction Novel: Imaginative and Social Criticism (anth 1959), previously ascribed to Basil Davenport; but he is much better known for his ...

Strange New World

Made-for-tv film (1975). Warner Bros. TV/ABC. Directed by Robert Butler. Written by Walon Green, Ronald F Graham, Al Ramrus. Cast includes Martine Beswick, Keene Curtis, Gerrit Graham, Kathleen Miller, James Olson and John Saxon. 100 minutes. Colour. / The 1970s are littered with television movies representing Gene Roddenberry's repeated attempts at pilot episodes for new television series, though in this case he is not credited. This editing together of two never-aired episodes is a sort ...

Kasner, Michael

(1941-2008) US author who served as a US Army captain in Vietnam and wrote under various names, including Rick Mackin for the Chopper Cops Near Future police procedurals beginning with Chopper Cops: Fire Storm (1990) and ending with Chopper Cops: Sky War (1991), and Don Pendleton, the latter after the real Pendleton sold his name as a House Name, contributing various titles to the Mack Bolan: Stony Man sequence of thrillers featuring a protagonist with some Superhero powers, and marginally Near ...

McIntosh, J T

Pseudonym of Scottish author and journalist James Murdoch MacGregor (1925-2008), used for all his sf writing excepting one story as by H J Murdoch for Science Fantasy; in some early work the surname was spelled M'Intosh. He also wrote non-sf under his own name. He began publishing sf with "The Curfew Tolls" in Astounding in December 1950, producing many stories (though no collections) through 1980. With his first novel, World Out of Mind (1953), he fully entered a career that was, in its early ...

Jessup, Richard

(1925-1982) US author and screenwriter best known for works like The Cincinnati Kid (1963) who wrote a 1954 episode for the Television series Tom Corbett: Space Cadet, "The Space Projectile" and who may have participated – almost certainly with Joseph Greene – in writing the Tom Corbett, Space Cadet novels as by Carey Rockwell. For discussion see Tom Corbett: Space Cadet. [JC]

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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