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1. UK tv series (1975-1977). BBC TV. by Terry Nation. Produced by Terence Dudley. Directed by Pennant Roberts, Terence Williams, Eric Hills. Written by Nation (seven episodes in season one), Roger Parkes, Jack Ronder, Martin Worth. Cast included John Abineri, Stephen Dudley, Lucy Fleming, Lorna Lewis, Denis Lill, Ian McCulloch, Tanya Ronder and many others. Three seasons; 38 50-minute episodes in all. Colour. / The Post-Holocaust novel is a particularly UK subgenre of sf, and so it is not ...

Chamberlain, Henry Richardson

(1859-1911) US author and newspaper editor of considerable political sophistication, London correspondent for The New York Sun from 1892 until his death; he predicted (correctly) that some kind of Balkan conflict would soon ignite a world war. His acumen also shows itself in his Near Future sf novel, 6,000 Tons of Gold (1894): the protagonist – after gaining a huge hoard of gold from Patagonia – attempts to reform society by unbalancing the world stock exchanges, in the meanwhile ...

Jones, Mervyn

(1922-2010) UK journalist and author, son of Ernest Jones (1879-1958), Sigmund Freud's biographer; now best known for his many novels (twenty-nine were published) from 1952, though he gained early fame with his political writings in journals like Tribune and the New Statesman. On the Last Day (1958) is a Near-Future story about a Russian/Chinese Invasion of Britain, during a non-nuclear World War Three, and of the successful attempt of the British government in exile (in Canada) to build a new ...

It Came from the Desert

Videogame (1989). Cinemaware. Designed by David Riordan. Platforms: Amiga (1989); DOS (1990); rev PCEngineCD (1992). / Much influenced by the "atomic ant" epic Them! (1954), It Came From The Desert is suggestive of such contemporary films as Tremors (1989) in its loving homage to the Monster Movies of the 1950s. The game conspicuously references Hollywood traditions, especially the narrative conventions of the action movie. Unlike later "Interactive Movies" such as Obsidian (1996), It Came ...

McCormack, Una

(1972-    ) UK author who wrote initially for the Star Trek universe, including her first story, "Face Value" (in Prophecy and Change, anth 2003, ed Marco Palmieri), and a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tale, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never-Ending Sacrifice (2005). More recently, she has contributed to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with The King's Dragon (2010), in the Doctor Who: New Series sequence. The Baba Yaga (2015) with Eric Brown (whom see) is the third novel ...

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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