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Marter, Ian

(1944-1986) UK actor and author, involved from the early 1970s until his death in the earlier iterations of the Doctor Who universe, playing the character Harry Sullivan in 1974-1975 and writing several Doctor Who Ties, beginning with Doctor Who and the Ark in Space (1977; vt Doctor Who – The Ark in Space 1991). His written work was generally well received. Titles under his own name and as by Ian Don were not fantastic in nature. [JC]

Williams, Sheila

(1956-    ) US editor long associated with the magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, where she began her career in 1982, working initially with Shawna McCarthy and then with Gardner Dozois, and on the latter's retirement becoming editor in 2004 (as of the January 2005 issue). She has deftly and responsibly maintained the quality of the magazine in a period when print journals have been under universal threat, an achievement recognized by her 2011 and 2012 Hugo wins as Best ...

Hayter, Frank E

(1892/1893-?   ) UK explorer and author whose nonfiction narratives, In Search of Sheba's Mines (1935) and Gold of Ethiopia (1940), describe his attempts to find the original source of the Queen of Sheba#s treasure. The narrator of his sf novel, The Garden of Eden (1940), tells the story of two immortals (see Immortality) who had visited the heart of Africa in ancient times, where they encountered a variety of species and the Garden of Eden, which is a Lost World; the immortals' ...


US Fanzine. 259 issues 1953-1986; edited from Indiana by Robert and Juanita Coulson, the last two issues by Robert Coulson alone; last issue not distributed until 1991. Originally published as Eisfa, Yandro was one of the longest-running large fanzines. Its contents, in the normal tradition, were not restricted to sf but included regular columns, articles, reviews and letters. Yandro won the 1965 Hugo for Best Fanzine. [PR/RH] links / Yandro at

Cat-Women of the Moon

Film (1953; vt Rocket to the Moon). Z-M Productions. Directed by Arthur Hilton. Writers Jack Rabin and Al Zimbalist (story); Roy Hamilton (screenplay). Cast includes Victor Jory, Sonny Tufts and Marie Windsor. 64 minutes. Black-and-white. / Pioneering astronauts led by captain Laird Grainger (Tufts) land on the far side of the Moon, whereupon they promptly discover a cave with a breathable atmosphere and a civilization of beautiful, seductive women given to wearing sultry black leotards and ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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