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Manley, Delarivier

(?1663-1724) UK playwright and author who has come to be ranked along with Aphra Behn and Eliza Haywood for the strength and wit of her work as an independent female writer (see Feminism). Her New Atalantis "scandal fiction" sequence [for a tentative indication of its complicated publishing history see Checklist] is an extended anti-Whig Satire of contemporary life, cursorily disguising her many targets through a narrative purporting to record an exploratory visit by Astraea the Goddess of ...

Dick Barton Strikes Back

UK film (1949). Hammer Film Productions. Directed by Godfrey Grayson. Written by Elizabeth Baron and Ambrose Grayson, based on a story by Ambrose Grayson. Cast includes Sebastian Cabot, Jean Lodge, James Raglan, Don Stannard and Bruce Walker. 67 minutes. Black and white. / Dick Barton – Special Agent was an extremely popular BBC Radio show that ran 1946-1951, with 10 serialized stories running over 711 15-minute episodes (plus a Christmas special). It featured the adventures of former ...

L'Incroyable Cinema

UK more-or-less Digest-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. Publisher: the editor(s) for issues 1# and #2; Orion Press (Salford) issues #3-#5. Editors were Harry Nadler and Charles Partington (#1) and Harry Nadler (#2-#5). Five lithographed issues published irregularly, in three different sizes, from January 1969 until Autumn 1971. / Harry Nadler, who in 1990 would create Manchester's annual Festival of Fantastic Films, was well respected in the field, and contributions to the magazine, ...

Commando Cody – Sky Marshal of the Universe

US tv series (1955; vt Commando Cody). Republic Studios/Hollywood Television Service for NBC TV. Produced by Mel Tucker, Franklyn Adreon, directed by Fred Bannon, Harry Keller. Written by Ronald Davidson, Barry Shipman. Cast includes Judd Holdren and Aline Towne. Twelve 25-minute episodes shown weekly. Black and white. / Despite the title, the hero of this short-lived children's Television series was more likely to be found riding in a four-door sedan than travelling around the Universe. A ...

Banks, Tony

(1950-    ) UK musician, best known as the keyboard-player and founder-member of Genesis, Banks released a number of solo albums, none of which enjoyed commercial success. The first of these, A Curious Feeling (1979), is a concept-album adaptation of Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966), very Genesis-like in sound, with vocals by Scottish singer Kim Beacon (1957-2005). [AR]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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