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Farren, Mick

Working name of Michael A Farren (1943-2013), UK author, journalist and rock musician who was first active as a member of a band, The Deviants, 1967-1969 (revived several times, most recently in 2011); he then edited the underground paper IT 1970-1973 and founded the underground comic Nasty Tales – prosecuted for obscenity in a well-known trial – in the pages of which, with Chris Rowley and Chris Welch, he produced a comic strip with sf content, Ogoth the Wasted. He later edited ...

Harvey, Frank

(1913-1993) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Test Jump" for The Saturday Evening Post, 30 June 1956, and whose collection of stories, Air Force! (coll 1959), concentrates on that branch of the armed services, but with a Near-Future setting which includes manned satellites (see Space Stations) and the like. [JC]


US tv series (1983-1984). Glen A Larson Productions/The Kushner-Locke Company/20th Century Fox Television; ABC-TV US, BBC 1 UK. Created by Glen A Larson. Directors include Lee H Katzin, Winrich Kolbe, and Kim Manners. Writers include Sam Egan, Bruce Kalish, Larson, and Douglas Heyes, Jr. Cast includes Desi Arnaz Jr, Heather McNair, Gerald S O'Loughlin and Chuck Wagner. Narrator: uncredited. One 70-minute pilot film plus 13 50-minute episodes. / Police Detective Walter Nebicher (Arnaz, Jr) ...

Barrett, Geoffrey John

(1928-1999) UK author who also published thrillers as Cole Rickard and Westerns as Bill Wade; his sf novels, written for Robert Hale Limited under his own name and as Edward Leighton, Dennis Summers and James Wallace, are consistently routine; as there seems to have been no intrinsic reason for selecting these different names, Barrett's sf is listed below as a single chronology. [JC]

All-New Super Friends Hour, The

Animated tv series (1977-1978; vt Super Friends II). Hanna-Barbera Productions for ABC-TV. Executive Producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Creative Producer: Iwo Takamoto. Directed by Charles A Nichols. Writers included Willie Gilbert, Elena Lesser, Orville H Hampton, Duane Poole, others. Cast includes Norman Alden, Jack Angle, Michael Bell, Danny Dark, Shannon Farnum, Buster Jones, Casey Kasem, Michael Rye, Olan Soule and Liberty Williams. Narrator: William Woodson. 15 60-minute episodes, ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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