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Brooks, Walter R

(1886-1958) US journalist and author, active from 1915, publishing at least 200 stories by 1944, and including a nonfiction stint with the New Yorker 1932-1933. His most obvious success during these years was the Mr Ed sequence of twenty-three tales about a talking horse and his drunken owner, beginning with "The Talking Horse" (18 September 1937 Liberty), some of them assembled as The Original Mr Ed (coll 1963); the Television ...

Keneally, Thomas

(1935-    ) Australian author best known for novels like Bring Larks and Heroes (1967) and Schindler's Ark (1982 UK, vt Schindler's List 1982), which won the Booker Prize and was filmed by Steven Spielberg, but who has several times edged into generic displacements in order to contain and express a remarkably intense and occasionally visionary imagination. His first novel, ...

My Favorite Martian

US tv series (1963-1966). A Jack Chertok Production for CBS. Produced/created Jack Chertok. Writers included John L Greene, Ben Gershman, Bill Freedman, Albert E Lewin, Burt Styler. Directors included Leslie Goodwins, Oscar Rudolph, John Erman. Three seasons, 107 25-minute episodes. First two seasons black and white, third colour. / This was a fairly sophisticated (compared to most television sitcoms of the time), humorous and commercially successful series about a Martian (Ray ...

Carter, Raphael

(?   -    ) US author, female, of whom little is known beyond her authorship of an sf novel, The Fortunate Fall (1996), which – though its basic premise derives from D G Compton's The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974; rev vt The Unsleeping Eye 1974; vt Death Watch 1981) – intensely presents a Cyberpunk world two centuries ...

Easton, Thomas A

(1944-    ) US critic, author and biology teacher (he holds a PhD in theoretical biology) who is best known for the Reference Library book-review column he wrote for Analog from 1979 to 2008, where he covered a wide range of titles with strict fairness, though he was not often granted the room to delve deep; a selection of 250 individual reviews from the 1980s and 1990s was assembled as Periodic Stars (coll 1997). His first ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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