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Powell, Frank

(1845-1906) US author of Dime-Novel SF whose friendship with historical figures like Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917) led to his appearance as a character in some (entirely fictional) Buffalo Bill tales, none actually written by him. It is not clear which books published as by Powell were not in fact by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham (1843-1904), the main figure behind the success of Buffalo Bill, whose prolific output – mostly Westerns – may not have included tales of the fantastic. / ...

Smith, Kathryn

(1971-    ) Canadian author who also writes as by Kady Cross, Kate Cross and Kate Locke, each name being attached to a separate subgenre for marketing purposes. Kathryn Smith has focused on paranormal romances, specifically the Brotherhood of the Blood and Nightmare Chronicles series; Kady Cross on Steampunk romances for the Young Adult market, specifically the Steampunk Chronicles beginning with The Girl in the Steel Corset (2011); Kate Cross on adult steampunk romances, ...

Terrill, Cristin

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult All Our Yesterdays (2013), confronts Time Paradox issues with surprising and salutary harshness, as the Near Future versions of the two contemporary young protagonists struggle with themselves and each other. Em/Marina must attempt to prevent her/their disturbingly attractive friend from creating a terrible future through the Invention of a Time Machine, but each attempt ends in disaster. The climax, ...

Flying Saucer Mystery, The

Documentary film (1950; exp 1952). Telenews. No producer, director or screenwriter named. Cast includes Admiral Calvin Bolster USN and Donald E Keyhoe; those added in the re-release include General John A Samford and Frank Scully. Approximately 9½ minutes; re-release 12+ minutes. Black and white. / Lost for decades until it resurfaced in the 1990s, this may be the first ever documentary about UFOs – apparently produced as a filler to be shown between full-length Cinema ...

Get Smart!

1. US tv series (1965-1970). Talent Associates for NBC-TV until 1969; CBS Television for CBS-TV 1969-1970. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry. Directors included Bruce Bilson, Earl Bellamy, James Komack, Don Adams, Gary Nelson. Writers included Barry Blitzer, Joseph Cavella, Gerald Gardner, Adams, Mike Marmer, Leonard Stern, Chris Hayward, Arne Sultan and Lloyd Turner. Cast includes Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Richard Gautier, Robert Karvelas, King Moody and Edward Platt. 138 22-minute to ...

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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