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Gibbs, Anthony

(1902-1975) UK author of a very Near Future sf novel, The New Crusade (1931), in which society is transformed by a millionaire so that nudism may triumph. [JC]

Doctor Who

UK tv series (1963-current). BBC TV. Created by Sydney Newman, Donald Wilson. First-season producer Verity Lambert, story editor David Whitaker; the Doctor played by William Hartnell, November 1963-October 1966; see below for his many successors. Theme music by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. 26 seasons in its first incarnation; 695 episodes to December 1989, mostly 25 minutes per episode. Seasons 1-6 black and white; subsequent seasons colour. Then an ...

Cohen, Sol

(1903-1984) US editor and publisher who edited the Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader in 1953. He was publisher of Galaxy between December 1962 and June 1965, and of If between November 1962 and May 1965; he launched Worlds of Tomorrow in April 1963. In 1965 Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co bought the magazines Amazing Stories and Fantastic from Ziff-Davis, after which he proceeded to cut production costs by switching from monthly to bimonthly publication and running large numbers of ...

Fly II, The

Film (1989). Brooksfilms/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Chris Walas. Written by Mick Garris, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, Frank Darabont, based on a story by Garris. Cast includes Lee Richardson, Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga. 104 minutes. Colour. / This is a genuine sequel to the 1986 remake of The Fly, not just a lame excuse for more horrific "fly" effects. Chris Walas, the skilled technician who created those effects for the earlier film, here made his directorial debut, and surprised many ...

Cartier, Edd

Working name of US illustrator Edward Daniel Cartier (1914-2008). After graduating in 1936 from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Cartier was hired by Street & Smith to work on their Pulp magazines, notably The Shadow (see The Shadow). His skills were noticed by John W Campbell Jr, who began using him in the new magazine Unknown, for which Cartier did over 200 black-and-white interiors and five covers. For many readers Cartier's combination of whimsy and menace summed up the unique ...

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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