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Eckert, Allan W

(1931-2011) US television writer – he is credited with over 200 scripts for the nonfiction animal series, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963-1988), for which he won an Emmy Award – and author, mainly of works of natural history, for which he has seven times been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and of fiction in various genres; his first novel, The Great Auk: A Novel (1963), containing no elements of the fantastic. He began writing work of genre interest with "The Voice Box" for ...

Yates, Alan G

(1923-1985) UK-born author, in Australia from 1948, who was best known for his long series of detections under the House Name Carter Brown, writing about 150 volumes as Brown, sometimes at a rate of twenty or more a year; he wrote also as Tom Conway, Dennis Sinclair, Paul Valdez and Peter Yates. He began to write sf – usually to rigid formula – with some short stories around 1950, with G C Bleeck (see Belli Luigi), for Thrills Incorporated; and with a series of short novels in the ...

Verhoeven, Paul

(1938-    ) Dutch filmmaker whose long career began in 1960 when he was still a student in Leiden, where he studied to Master's level in mathematics and physics. He refined his craft through the sixties, particularly in a documentary produced during his national service and on the iconic Dutch television series Floris (1968), where he made a star of the young Rutger Hauer. In the seventies he emerged as a major, if notorious, director of provocative sexually-themed features ...

Perry, Richard

(1944-    ) US author of Changes (1974), an Equipoisal tale in which a sinister, Immortal Mad Scientist may in fact have supernatural powers in his threats to turn all humanity black: which is seen as a solution or a curse. [JC]

Himitsu Sentai Gorenger

Japanese live-action tv series (1975-1977; vt Five Rangers; vt Star Rangers; vt Secret Battleteam Five-Ranger). Created by Shotaro Ishinomori. Toei Company. Directors include Katsuhiko Taguchi, Koichi Takemoto and Minoru Yamada. Writers include Hirohisa Soda, Susumu Takaku and Shozo Uehara. Voice cast includes Mitsuo Andō, Baku Hatakeyama, Hiroshi Miyauchi, Yukio Itō, Lisa Komaki, Naoya Makoto and Nobuo Yana. Eighty-four 25 minute episodes. Colour. / This was the first of 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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