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Planet Earth

Made-for-tv film (1974). ABC Directed by Marc Daniels. Teleplay Gene Roddenberry, Juanita Bartlett. Cast includes Ted Cassidy, Janet Margolin, Diana Muldaur and John Saxon. 75 minutes. Colour. / One of executive producer Roddenberry's several attempts to repeat the success of Star Trek, this pilot for a proposed series – similar in concept to his earlier Genesis II – failed to generate the necessary network enthusiasm. It is sf at its most simplistic. The hero and his companions ...

Laumer, March

(1923-2000) US author, brother of Keith Laumer, whose first novel, The Time Machine That Never Got Past First Base: A Laugh-in at the Future? (1968 Hong Kong) as by Felix Severance (the name of a character from his brother's earlier A Plague of Demons), is a spoof Satire on Time Travel stories (see also Baseball); later novels, some as by Xavier Zanthus, were similar light-hearted. In his later life, under his own name, Laumer published a number of volumes set in the Oz universe of L Frank ...

Haunt of Horror, The

US Digest-size weird fiction magazine. Published by Marvel Comics under their Curtis Magazines subsidiary imprint. Editor Gerard F Conway. Two bimonthly issues, June and August 1973. / 1. This title was Marvel Comics's only effort at a straight prose fiction magazine during its period of publishing various black and white Comics-format Horror and sf magazines in the 1970s. It is regrettable that sales were so poor for the periodical as it featured stories by a number of leading authors ...

Percy, Walker

(1916-1990) US doctor and author, whose first publications, beginning in 1954, were studies in language as a symbolic sign system (a line of thought that led him early into semiotics); his novels – the best known of which remains his first, The Moviegoer (1961) – reflect a searchingly liberal and Catholic reading of American life. Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World (1971), the first volume of the Dr Tom More series, is a long, ...

Madsen, Svend Ǻge

(1939-    ) Danish author active in various genres since the early 1960s. After an early experimental stage, he wrote several novels that applied Equipoisal torsion to genres like crime and romantic fiction, in order to demonstrate their capacity, thus exposed, to subject reality in turm to a testing exposure; of sf interest in this context is Tugt og utugt i mellemtiden (1976; trans James M Ogler as Virtue and Vice in the Middle Time 1992), in which a man from the Far ...

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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