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Clear Horizon, The

US television series (1960-1962). CBS Television Network. Created by Manya Starr. Writers included Starr, Carol Warner Gluck, and Irving Vendig. Cast included Phyllis Avery, William Berger, Beau Bridges, Ed Kemmer, Ted Knight, Eve McVeigh, Lee Meriwether, and William Roerick. 254 episodes. Black and white. / This daily soap opera, first performed live and taped when it was revived, involved the lives of astronauts in the American space programme residing in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its ...

Shear, David

(1938-2007) US biophysicist and author whose Near Future sf novel, Cloning (1972), complicatedly entwines the presence of Androids and Cloning in the world of 2020; the protagonist, a molecular biologist who is an unknowing member of a cluster of clones, must cope with profound issues of Identity, dramatized through an Android campaign for equal rights with humans. [JC]

Garron, Marco

A Curtis Warren House Name used exclusively for jungle novels derived from Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes sequence; most were sf or fantasy. Under the spelling Marco Garron appeared the Azan the Apeman series beginning with The Missing Safari (1950), including The Lost City (1950), a Lost Race tale, and ending with Jungle Fever (1951) – which so closely mimicked Tarzan that after the first six releases the Burroughs estate was able to gain an injunction banning any further ...

Williams, Thad W

(?   -?   ) US real estate dealer (in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin), doctor (apparently medical) and author of a Lost Race tale, In Quest of Life; Or, the Revelations of the Wiyatatao of Zipantl: The Last High Priest of the Aztecs (1898), which depicts a civilization of Toltecs which practices human sacrifice, the exudate from victims melding with mysterious Underground waters to create an elixir of life (see Immortality); after a Disaster a priest, by impregnating the ...

Crusher Joe

Japanese animated film (1983). Based on the novels by Haruka Takachiho. Studio Nue, Nippon Sunrise. Directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Written by Haruka Takachiho and Yasuhiko Yoshikazu. Voice cast includes Reiko Mutō, Chikao Ohtsuka, Run Sasaki and Hiroshi Takemura. 132 minutes. Colour. / In 2161 Crusher Joe (Takemura) and his team of Crushers (basically, hardcore interstellar odd-jobbers) are hired to deliver a cryogenically frozen woman (see Cryonics); but her casket is stolen during ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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