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Radar Men from the Moon

Serial Film (1951). Republic. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Written by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes William Bakewell, Roy Barcroft, Clayton Moore, Aline Towne and George Wallace. 12 episodes totalling 167 minutes. Black and white. / Because of their dangerously thinning atmosphere, the inhabitants of the Moon seek to invade and conquer the Earth; their first step is to send one Moon man to Earth to direct human henchmen to ...

Bonner, Richard

(?   -?   ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond the fact that his name apparently refers to a real author (not always the case when American juvenile series are concerned). Although his Boy Inventors sequence is neither the first nor the most important of its category, his overall title has been used to describe various series of this sort (see Airship Boys; Radio Boys) – that is, ...

Johnson, James B

(1944-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his first novel, Daystar and Shadow (1981), in which a Post-Holocaust USA is depicted. More interesting, though the voltage of innovation remains low, is Trekmaster (1987), set on a rediscovered colony planet whose inhabitants are divided over the issue of reunion with the Galactic Federation; included are some dynastic romance, a rite of passage and a ...

Dalton, Henry Robert Samuel

(1834-1903) UK poet and author, active from 1857 to about 1890, much of whose work treated of the emancipation of women (see Feminism), and whose sf novel Lesbia Newman: A Novel (1889) depicts a profound change in UK social attitudes after the disastrous loss of Ireland and the USA in 1890, as a consequence of which the eponymous female manages to seduce the Ecumenical Council of 1900 into proclaiming the worship of women (see ...

O'Toole, George

(1936-2001) US specialist in espionage – he worked for the American Central Intelligence Agency 1966-1969 – and author of a very Near Future thriller, The Agent on the Other Side (1973), in which America and the USSR are at odds. [JC]

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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