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Thomson, Arthur

(1927-1990) UK illustrator, principally for Fanzines, involved in Fandom since 1954; he signed most of his work "Atom". He was the staff artist for Hyphen from issue #12 (December 1954), drawing elaborate cartoons directly on to the duplicator stencils (some of these Hyphen covers are still regarded as classics of fan Humour), and appeared in a wide variety of other UK and US fanzines. Besides his own Retribution (17 issues January 1956-July 1961) with John Berry, these venues included Algol, ...

Pardoe, Blaine

(1962-    ) US journalist, business executive and author associated almost exclusively with the Battletech Wargame, which gradually expanded from its physical base into a Computer Wargame; he has written Ties for both the central BattleTech sequence, beginning with BattleTech 18: Highlander Gambit (1995), and the connected Mechwarrior sequence, beginning with Mechwarrior: Road of Honor (1999). His first title, however, was nonfiction: The BattleTech Technical Readout 3015 ...

Greenlee, Sam

(1930-2014) US author in whose Near-Future sf novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1969), a Black man becomes second-in-command in the CIA, where he is the agency's eponymous token spook (a word which here does double duty as racial slur and slang for intelligence agent). He quits to organize Black uprisings in the Cities all across a diseased, racist America, making use of everything he has learned from his years as an Uncle Tom in the CIA. The book was filmed to Greenlee's script as The ...

Tom Corbett: Space Cadet

US tv series (1950-1955). CBS TV, later ABC TV, and then NBC TV for season five. Produced by Mort Abrahams. Writers included Albert Aley, Alfred Bester, Joseph Greene, Jack Weinstock. Directors included George Gould, Ralph Ward. Cast includes Michael Harvey, Al Markim, Jan Merlin and Frankie Thomas. Five seasons. Three fifteen-minute episodes weekly for the first four seasons; weekly thirty-minute episodes in season five. Black and white. / Initially conceived by Joseph Greene as early as ...

Small Wonder

US tv series (1985-1989). Metromedia Productions, 20th Century Fox Television. Syndicated. Produced by Howard Leeds, Budd Grossman, Jean Hester, Bruce Taylor. Directors included Peter Baldwin, Linda Day, Leslie H Martinson. Writers included Dick Christie, Donald Ross, David Silverman. Cast includes William Bogart, Tiffany Brissette, Dick Christie, Alice Ghostley, Edie McClurg (first season only), Marla Pennington, Emily Schulman and Jerry Suprian. 96 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Howard ...

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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