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Kane, Wilson

A House Name used by Ziff-Davis on four stories 1958-1959 in Amazing and Fantastic; at least one, "Hungarian Rhapsody" (June 1958 Fantastic), was by Robert Bloch. [PN]

Star Trek

US tv series (1966-1969). A Norway Production for Paramount Television/NBC. Created by Gene Roddenberry, also executive producer. Producers: Roddenberry, Gene L Coon, John Meredyth Lucas and Fred Freiberger (season 3). Story consultants: Steven Carabatsos and D C Fontana. Writers for seasons one and two include Jerome Bixby, Robert Bloch, Coon, Max Ehrlich, Harlan Ellison, Fontana, David Gerrold, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, Roddenberry, Jerry Sohl, Norman Spinrad and Theodore ...

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Film (1982). Universal. Directed and coproduced by Steven Spielberg. Written by Melissa Mathison. Cast includes Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Robert McNaughton, Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace. 115 minutes. Colour. / 10-year-old Elliott (Thomas) meets an alien, "E.T.", who has been accidentally left outside Los Angeles when his spacecraft and its crew – which we infer includes his parents – is forced to depart rapidly to avoid a search party sent out by a human task force. Elliott ...

Secombe, Andy

Working name of Welsh voice actor, actor and author Andrew Secombe (1953-    ), son of the singer and comedian Harry Secombe (1921-2001) of Goon Show fame (see Spike Milligan); as a voice actor, he may be best known for voicing Watto in the three Star Wars prequel films. Most of his fiction reads, at least initially, as fantasy, including the Limbo series beginning with Limbo (2003); but though the eponymous Underworld is couched in fantasy terms, those plot sequences set in ...

Champetier, Joël

(1957-2015) French-Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Le Chemin des Fleurs" ["The Way of the Flowers"] for Solaris in 1981, and who published several sf and fantasy novels of interest in French from 1990. La Taupe et le Dragon (1990; rev 1999; trans Jean-Louis Trudel as The Dragon's Eye 1999) is set on a colony world founded and run by Chinese from a Hong Kong-like enclave; the complex plot – involving Earth attempts to control rebellious elements in the ...

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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