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Twilight Zone, The

1. US tv series (1959-1964). A Coyuga Production/MGM. Created Rod Serling, also executive producer. Producers were Buck Houghton, Herbert Hirschman, Bert Granet, William Froug. Writers included Serling (91 episodes), Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, Earl Hamner Jr, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson. Directors included Jack Smight, Stuart Rosenberg, John Brahm, Ralph Nelson, Buzz Kulik, Boris Sagal, Lamont Johnson, Elliot Silverstein, Don Siegel, William Friedkin, Richard Donner, Joseph ...

Pedersen, Ted

(1938-2010) US screenwriter and author who scripted a 1978 episode of The Bionic Woman (1976-1978) and continued his Television career with scripts for Jason of Star Command (1978-1980), the animated Flash Gordon (1979-1980) and many more. He is the author of several novel Ties set in the Star Trek universe and aimed at a Young Adult audience, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Pet (1994) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Cardassian Imps (1996), both with Mel Gilden; and the Cybersurfers ...

Swan, Christopher

(1946-    ) US author whose Near Future tale of redemptive Ecology, YV88 (1977) with Chet Roaman, describes the transformation of the eponymous Yosemite Valley National Park by 1988 into an enclave no longer savaged by roads, rampant tourism, exploitation. A light railroad system replaces cars; the environmentally destructive O'Shaughnessy Dam. The vision was attractive, but as advocacy the book failed utterly. [JC]

Ernst, Paul

(1899-1985) US author, mostly of short fiction for pulp markets, sometimes under his own name and sometimes (once in Weird Tales) under the pseudonym Paul Frederick Stern; he should not be confused with either (Karl Friedrich) Paul Ernst (1866-1933), a German writer in various genres, or with Paul Ernst (1886-?   ) who wrote 1930s detective novels. His first published story may have been "The Temple of Serpents" for Weird Tales in October 1928, and he remained extremely active ...

Hyder, Alan

Working name of Frederick Alan Hyder (?1895-1952), UK civil servant and author who according to biographical data on a 1936 dustjacket saw service in France in World War One and lived at various times in Egypt and the West Indies, perhaps Jamaica (where he set two novels and a lengthy sequence of stories); in youth he swapped the order of his birth names and preferred to be known as Alan Frederick Hyder. He was a prolific contributor of short fiction to the London Evening News (131 stories ...

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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