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Herculoids, The

US animated tv series (1967; vt Zandor). Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS-TV. Executive producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Created by Alex Toth. Directed by Hanna and Barbera. Writers included Joe Ruby, David Scott, Ken Spears, Toth. Cast includes Ted Cassidy, Ted Eccles, Virginia Gregg, Don Messick and Mike Road. 36 ten-minute episodes, two per programme. Colour. / The planet Amzot's rulers Zandor (Road) and Tara (Gregg), with their son Dorno (Eccles), defend this stone-age world ...

Ehrlich, Max

(1909-1983) US author initially active as an author of Radio plays for various series, including The Shadow (see The Shadow); he also wrote some Television scripts of sf interest, include one in 1965 for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and one in 1967 for Star Trek. His first novel, The Big Eye (1949), which was the first release in Doubleday's sf line, concerns an attempt by astronomers to terrify humanity into world peace by announcing that a visiting planet is due to hit Earth; the planet ...

Crowcroft, Peter

(1925-1982) UK actor and author in the US from 1963 – reportedly very prolific under a number of unrevealed pseudonyms – whose The Fallen Sky (1954) describes a Post-Holocaust London in which a sociologist lives a Last Man existence under barbarous conditions, attempting to cure himself of violence and finding – through his discovery of a tribe of blind children, one of them a compassionate young woman named Eve (see Adam and Eve) – reason to begin to think about ...

Swanwick, Michael

(1950-    ) US author who began to publish sf with "The Feast of St Janis" for New Dimensions 11 (anth 1980) edited by Marta Randall and Robert Silverberg, and who became known, very rapidly, as an author of intensely crafted, complex tales whose multiple layering allows his conventional sf plots and venues to be understood as exercises in mythopoesis, somewhat after the manner of Gene Wolfe's shorter works, though less perplexingly. Swanwick was not prolific in the 1980s, ...

Bennett, Gregory

(1950-    ) US author of sf stories, beginning with "Swan Song" for Analog in August 1993, the journal where all his assertively technophilic fiction has appeared. In 1993 he also founded The Artemis Project, which advocates a resumption of humanity's progress into space (see Artemis Magazine). [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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