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UK tv series with animated puppets (1964-1965). AP Films with ATV/ITC. Created Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Produced by Gerry Anderson. The writers were the Andersons (3 episodes), Alan Fennell, Dennis Spooner. 39 25-minute episodes. Colour. / The third of the SuperMarionation puppet sf series for children (see Gerry and Sylvia Anderson for details) and the first in colour, Stingray was also one of the better examples. Handsome but irascible Troy Tempest pilots the atomic submersible Stingray ...

Paranoia [game]

Role Playing Game (1984). West End Games (WEG). Designed by Greg Costikyan, Daniel Gelber, Ken Rolston, Eric Goldberg. / Playing Paranoia is an exercise in perversity and frustration, where the watchwords are "fear, ignorance and suspicion". The setting is a Post-Holocaust Underground City ruled by a Computer suffering from Paranoia and multiple personality disorder; it is characteristic that the Computer is obsessed with rooting out "mutant commies", but has itself created the ultimate in ...


US Original-Anthology series edited by Terry Carr for the first seventeen volumes (1971-1987) and renewed by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber for three volumes (1990-1994). This was arguably the best (and longest-lasting) of all original-anthology series in the field. Universe 1 (anth 1971) appeared while Carr was still an editor for its publisher, Ace Books. It soon became peripatetic, the 17 volumes of series one coming from Ace Books (#1-#2), Random House (#3-#5) and Doubleday (#6-#17); ...

Button, John

(?   -?   ) US author, sometimes referred to as Dr John Button. He is noted for ghostwriting five novels in the Hardy Boys series of juvenile adventures, attributed (like all others in the series) to Franklin W Dixon; everyone familiar with the series agrees that his work was inferior to that of his predecessor (and successor), the much-admired Leslie McFarlane (1902-1977), whose contributions to the series were nonfantastic. Button is of mild sf interest for ...

Doctor Who

UK tv series (1963-current). BBC TV. Created by Sydney Newman, Donald Wilson. First-season producer Verity Lambert, story editor David Whitaker; the Doctor played by William Hartnell, November 1963-October 1966; see below for his many successors. Theme music by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. 26 seasons in its first incarnation; 695 episodes to December 1989, mostly 25 minutes per episode. Seasons 1-6 black and white; subsequent seasons colour. Then an ...

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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