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Hyde, Mark Powell

(1881-1952) US author in whose Young Adult novel, The Strange Inventor: A Curious Adventure Story (1927), Merlin Time Travels incognito to the twentieth century, where he meets the young protagonist, and amazes him with the engineless car (another of his Inventions) in which he carries him away. The two visit the future, where adventures are had, and the past, ditto. Merlin himself is a distant precursor of the Mad Scientist in the Back to the Future films. [JC]

Fantastic Science Thriller

UK juvenile pocketbook series published by Stanley Baker Ltd. There were five issues, all in 1954: Adventures on the Planets (1954 chap) by Simon Querry, Pirates in Space (1954 chap) by William Causett, A Spot on the Sun (1954 chap) by Joseph Mois, Planets of Peril (1954 chap) by Clyde Marfax and Conquerors of Space (1954 chap) by Erroll Collins. Only the last of these has written other sf. [DRL/BS] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist Picture Gallery


Videogame (2001). Electronic Arts. Designed by Neil Young. Platforms: Win. / Majestic was one of the first Alternate Reality Games, and to date the only one to be launched through conventional game distribution channels. Promoted as "The Game That Plays You", it was intended to blur the line between fiction and reality by intruding into players' daily lives, an idea apparently inspired by the film The Game (1997). As part of playing the game, Majestic's subscribers would receive phone calls ...

Ashley, Allen

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing fiction of genre interest with the horror tale, "Dead to the World" as by Allen A Lucas in Fantasy Tales for Winter 1982, and who published frequently in the 1990s; much of this material is assembled in Somnambulists (coll 2004). A short novel, The Planet Suite (1996 chap), is characteristically built around loose permutations – less rigorous than Oulipo, but certainly sufficiently evident to register the novel ...

Street Hawk

US tv series (1985; vt Falconer). Limekiln/Templar Productions in association with Universal Television for ABC-TV. Created by Paul Belous and Robert Wolterstorff. Developed by Bruce Lansbury. Directors included Richard Compton, Harvey S Laidman, and Paul Stanley. Writers included Nicholas Corea, Karen Harris, L Ford Neale, and Shel Willens. Cast includes Joe Regalbuto, Rex Smith and Jeannie Wilson. 13 55-minute episodes. Colour. / Police public relations officer Jesse Mach (Smith) has been ...

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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