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Avengers, The

UK tv series (1961-1969). ABC TV (which became part of Thames TV in 1968). Created Sydney Newman. Producers Leonard White (seasons 1 and 2), John Bryce (seasons 2 and 3), Julian Wintle (season 4), Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens (seasons 5-7). Writers included Clemens, Terence Feely, Dennis Spooner, Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks, Eric Paice, Ludovic Peters, Philip Levene, Peter Ling, Roger Marshall, Terry Nation, John Lucarotti, Jon Manchip White, Martin Woodhouse. Directors included Don ...

Jameson, Storm

(1891-1986) UK author, the first woman to gain a BA from Leeds University (a first class degree, in 1912), known mainly for family-chronicle novels such as those assembled as The Triumph of Time (omni 1932). Her cultural and literary studies illuminate the 1920s – a 1928 address, later published as The Georgian Novel and Mr Robinson (1929 chap), which was written as a counterblast to Virginia Woolf's Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown (1924 chap), instances not only expected figures like Aldous ...


The Benelux consists of three nations: the Netherlands (Holland), Belgium and Luxembourg. The Dutch language is spoken in the Netherlands and in the northern part of Belgium, called Flanders. The French-speaking southern and eastern part of Belgium is called Wallonia. In the field of literature Flanders and the Netherlands are one domain, and the same can be said for Wallonia and France. Flemish (from Flanders) and Walloon (from Wallonia) authors are mostly published, respectively, in the ...

Weekley, Richard

(1945-    ) US teacher, poet and author of an sf Satire, The Adventures of Chet Blake – Plastic Man (1975), in which a Near Future rock group upsets the applecart, exposing some of the flaws of the new world. [JC]

Cook, Diane

(?   -    ) US author whose short stories, assembled as Man v. Nature (coll 2014), manifest a twenty-first century sense that Homo sapiens's occupancy of the planet, and of our claims to pre-emptive Identity, are both fragile. The title story, set on a lifeboat in a vast expanse of ocean, follows the three survivors' attempts to make sense of the End of the World by imagining themselves creating a Television reality show. A similar apocalypse lurks outside the ...

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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