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Ayrton, Elisabeth

(1910-1991) UK author, best known for books on cooking; married first to Nigel Balchin (1933-1951), then to Michael Ayrton (from 1952 until his death in 1975). Her sf novel, Day Eight (1978), portrays a Near-Future world in Ecological extremis, to which Gaia responds through a sudden acceleration in the Evolution of species in the heart of Africa, but excluding Homo sapiens. [JC]

Rocklynne, Ross

Working name of US author Ross Louis Rocklin (1913-1988) for his sf stories, most of which appeared in such magazines as Astounding from the mid-1930s up to 1947, beginning with "Man of Iron" for Astounding in 1935. He specialized in Space-Opera plots constructed around sometimes ingenious "scientific" problems, such as how to escape from the centre of a hollow planet in "At the Center of Gravity" (June 1936 Astounding), the first of the Colbie and Deverel series assembled with similar material ...

New People, The

US tv series (1969-1970) Thomas/Spelling Productions for Paramount Television ABC TV network. Created by Larry Gordon. Produced by Harold Gast. Directors include Charles S Dubin, Harry Harvey Jr and William Wiard. Scriptwriters include Edwin Blum, Paul Dubov, Gast and Stephen Kandel. Rod Serling was reportedly involved in developing the series concept, and may have written some episodes under unidentified pseudonyms. Cast: Tiffany Bolling, Zooey Hall, David Moses. 17 45-minute episodes. / ...

Johnson, Kenneth

(1942-    ) US screenwriter, producer and director, most of whose work as been in Television, specifically as the creator of the sf and borderline-sf series The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982), The Secret Empire (1979), Stop Susan Williams (1979; vt Cliffhangers: Stop Susan Williams) and "V" (1983-1985), and producer of The Bionic Woman (1976-1978). For Cinema he produced Short Circuit 2 (1988), the sequel to Short Circuit (1986) (which see). Twenty years after the original "V", ...

Catalan SF

Catalan is not just the language of Catalonia, but a language shared with other areas of Spain, France, and even Italy. Catalan is also the official language of Andorra, the small country set in the middle of the Pyrenees. Most Catalan speakers are bilingual, with Catalan being used as a first language by fewer than half of them. There is a certainly very solid literary tradition in Catalan, which includes a long list of sf works – among them an indispensable masterpiece, Manuel de ...

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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