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Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

Animated tv series (1976-1978). Filmation Associates for CBS-TV. Directed by Don Towsley. Writers included Len Janson, Paul Dini, Kathleen Barnes, Tom Ruegger, David Wise. Cast includes Jack Bannon, Joan Gerber, Hettie Lynn Hares, Alan Oppenheimer and Robert Ridgley. Based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Sixteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / In this series, Tarzan (Ridgley) encounters various opponents in his adventures including menaces from the Hollow Earth, Aliens, Mutants ...

Reit, Seymour

(1918-2001) US author, well known for having sold to Paramount Studios for $200 all rights to his unpublished story, "The Friendly Ghost"; the Caspar the Friendly Ghost cartoon series made vast sums for its owners. Much of his work, in various genres, fiction and nonfiction, was written for younger children and latterly for the Young Adult market. In Benvenuto (1974), one of his rare fantasies, a boy brings home a dragon (see Supernatural Creatures) from summer camp. His Ties for the Time ...

Ottolengui, Rodrigues

(1861-1937) US dentist and author in whose sf novel, A Modern Wizard (1894), a Mephistophelean baulked Superman, who possesses Psi Powers, commits crimes against nature but oversteps in the end. He goes mad. [JC]

Keegan, Mel

Pseudonym of an unidentified author (?   -    ) resident in South Australia, whose fiction as Keegan has normally been written explicitly for gay markets; his sf includes the NARC sequence beginning with NARC 1: Death's Head (1991) and ending with NARC 5: Aphelion (2007), Space Operas featuring two gay paramilitaries in the Narcotics and Riot Control whose minds are Telepathically linked and who oppose the practices of large corporations capable (in the second ...

von Trojan, Kurt

(1937-2006) Austrian-born journalist and author, in Australia from the 1940s. His first novel, The Transing Syndrome (1985), uses "transing" (Matter Transmission) to move the plot along in an Alternate-World Dystopia; the protagonist worries that his Identity may be fading with each transmission, like increasingly obscure photocopies of a photocopy. Bedmates (1987) is Satire set in a future Australia dominated by AIDS and sexual fear (see Sex): "bedmates" are mindless artefacts always ready for ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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