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Magidoff, Robert

(1905-1970) Russian-born US academic, possibly born Rubin Magidenko, Professor of Russian Literature at New York University 1961-1970. He edited (but did not translate) three sf Anthologies: Russian Science Fiction (anth 1964), Russian Science Fiction, 1968 (anth 1968) and Russian Science Fiction, 1969 (anth 1969). [PN]


US juvenile tv series (1975-1976; vt The Secrets of Isis). Filmation Associates for CBS television. Directors were Hollingsworth Morse, Arnold Laven, Arthur H Badel and Earl Bellamy. Writers included Marc Richards and many others. Cast includes JoAnna Cameron, Brian Cutler and Joanne Pang. 22 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Isis was the first female Superhero to star in her own US Television series, beating both The Bionic Woman (1976-1978) – who can be counted as such – and the ...

Thomas, Thomas T

(1948-    ) US author who began writing sf with The Doomsday Effect (1986), as by Thomas Wren, which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award for best first novel. The novel describes – in terms that anticipated Greg Bear's The Forge of God (1987) and David Brin's Earth (1990) – the effect upon Earth of a rampaging Black Hole. The narrative efficiency of the tale, and the briskly knowledgeable handling of scientific material, marked Thomas as a Hard-SF ...

Woolverton, Linda

(1952-    ) US screenwriter, playwright and author, very much best known for scripting Disney films like Beauty and the Beast (1991) directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, The Lion King (1994) directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, Maleficent (2014) directed by Robert Stromberg, and others. After some theatrical experience, her first novel, which is of sf interest, was the Young Adult Star Wind (1986), whose young protagonist, returning home from summer vacation, finds ...

Harmon, Jim

Working name of US author and Radio producer James Judson Harmon (1933-2010), who began publishing sf professionally with "The Smuggler" for Spaceway in April 1954 and became active in the magazine field. He published at least 40 lively sf stories, chiefly for Galaxy and If in the 1950s and 1960s; a selection from this material was eventually assembled as Harmon's Galaxy (coll 2004). Harmon's sole sf novel, The Contested Earth, written in 1959 and dealing with global sterility, was published ...

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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