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Mann and Machine

US tv series (1992). Universal Television/Dick Wolf Films for NBC-TV. Executive Producer Dick Wolf. Directors included Allan Arkush, James A Conant, Brian Grant. Writers included Nancy Bond, Neil Cohen, Morgan Gendel, Larry Lalonde. Cast includes David Andrews, Yancy Butler and S Epatha Merkerson. Nine 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Brash policeman Detective Bobby Mann (Andrews) is assigned an experimental Android as his new partner: Sergeant Eve Edison (Butler), beautiful but rather naive. ...

Dudley, Roy C

(1922-2011) US printing technician and author of Galactic Gambit (1971), an unremarkable Space Opera. [JC]

Berington, Simon

(1680-1755) UK author, apparently a Catholic priest, the author for reasons only partly didactic of one of the first Lost World novels in the literature; it is probably the first to suggest that the lost race in question may be Ancient Egyptians. Published anonymously, the book is described on the title page as a translation from the Italian. Its title, which is long, constitutes a synopsis: The Memoirs of Sigr Guadentio di Lucca: Taken from His Confession and Examination Before the Fathers of ...

Nocenti, Ann

(1957-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Shot of Damns and a Pack of Hells" for Words Without Pictures (anth 1990) edited by Steve Niles; her sf book is a Tie to the X-Men universe, X-Men: Prisoner X (1998). As Annie Nocenti she published a substantial interview with Edward Gorey (Spring 1998 Scenario) which is reprinted in his The Black Doll: A Silent Screenplay (2009 chap). [JC/DRL]

Spurrier, Simon

(1981-    ) UK Comics writer and author, his work as writer in the former capacity including many 2000 AD and Judge Dredd scripts, plus scripts for other comics; his novel Prophet Margin (2006) is a Tie to the 2000 AD universe. Much of his prose fiction has comprised stories and novels for the Warhammer 40,000 Wargame universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior (2003). His The Culled (2006) was the first published novel in the Post-Holocaust Shared World of The ...

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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