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Hulke, Malcolm

(1924-1979) UK scriptwriter for Television and author whose first scripts were for early series like Target Luna and Pathfinders in Space, but who is best-known for his extensive involvement in the Doctor Who universe, writing several series between 1967 and 1974. For most of these he also wrote Tie novelizations, which were noted for their relative richness of content, beginning with Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters (1974). His nonfiction The Making of Doctor Who (1972; rev 1976) with Terrance ...

Parallel Worlds

A parallel world is another universe situated "alongside" our own, displaced from it along a spatial fourth Dimension (parallel worlds are often referred to in sf as "other dimensions"). Although whole universes may lie parallel in this sense, most stories focus on parallel Earths. The parallel-world idea forms a useful framework for the notion of Alternate History, and is often used in this way. Most of the "secondary worlds" of modern Fantasy are explicit or implicit parallel worlds. Notable ...

Brown, George Mackay

(1921-1996) Scottish poet, playwright, journalist and author, active from the mid-1940s with The Orkney Herald and other local papers, where his casual-seeming but intensely felt essays on the history and fate of the Orkneys appeared until his death. With his first volumes of poems, The Storm, and Other Poems (coll 1954 chap) and Loaves and Fishes (coll 1959 chap) he began to establish himself as a poet of very considerable stature; he remains best known for this work, which includes a powerful ...

Dickson, Lovat

(1902-1987) Australian-born publisher and author, in Canada or UK most of his life, half-brother of Gordon R Dickson; discovered and published Grey Owl (1888-1938), a Canadian-Indian sage famously unmasked after his death as a Scotsman named Archie Belaney; Dickson later wrote an interesting critical biography of H G Wells, H G Wells: His Turbulent Life and Times (1969). [JC]

Photo Fiends

US review-size Cinema/Television Fanzine. Publisher: Tim Paxton as Kronos Productions. No editor named. Three numbered, undated issues, 1978. / This short-lived fanzine, of better quality than many such publications, offered material on such television programmes as The Outer Limits (1963-1965) and Space: 1999 (1975-1977); film covered included Kronos (1957). Also featured were interviews, one being with visual effects artist and Monster costume designer Paul Blaisdell. As the title ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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