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Australian-American tv series (1999-2003, 2005). Jim Henson Productions for The Sci Fi Channel and Nine Network Australia. Created by Rockne S O'Bannon. Producers include Richard Manning, Robert Halmi Jr., David Kemper, and Brian Henson. Directors include Tony Tilse, Rowan Woods, Andrew Prowse, and Ian Watson. Writers include O'Bannon, Kemper, Manning, and Justin Monjo. Cast includes Ben Browder as John Crichton, Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun, Anthony Simcoe as Ka D'Argo, Virginia Hey as Pa'u ...

Harney, Gilbert Lane

(1851-1925) US church minister and author of Philoland (1900), a Utopia set in a Hollow Earth venue, where a Lost Race of ancient Hebrews has established a populous civilization. It is a relatively sophisticated benign vision of a highly technologized Underground society; such visions are exceedingly rare after World War One. [JC]

Mårtensson, Bertil

(1945-2018) Swedish philosopher and author. Mårtensson began reading sf in the mid-1950s, became active in Swedish sf Fandom in 1962 and published his first professional story: "Urhemmet" ["Original Home"] in the sf magazine Häpna! for December 1963. An extremely active fan, he edited numerous Fanzines during the 1960s and again in the 1990s, contributed stories, poetry, criticism and essays to many others, and was a dominant force for twenty years. As a philosopher, he wrote a ...

Osbourne, Lloyd

(1868-1947) US author, step-son of Robert Louis Stevenson, with whom he collaborated on three novels including the popular nonfantastic black comedy The Wrong Box (1889) and The Ebb-Tide: A Trio & Quartette (November 1893-February 1894 To-Day; 1894), primarily by his father-in-law [whom see for details]. Some of the tales assembled in The Queen Versus Billy and Other Stories (coll 1900) and Wild Justice (coll 1906; vt Wild Justice: Short Stories of the South Seas 1921) are of mild sf ...

Cover, Arthur Byron

(1950-    ) US author. He was involved in the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop in 1971-1972, and began publishing sf with "Gee, Isn't He the Cutest Little Thing?" in Alien Condition (anth 1973) edited by Stephen Goldin. His first novel, Autumn Angels (1975), the first of the very loose Autumn Angels sequence, with introduction by Harlan Ellison, depicts in hallucinated language a Far-Future Earth, with Linguistic and cultural jokes proliferating rather exhaustingly, ...

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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