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Boyett, Steven R

(1960-    ) US screenwriter and author whose first novel, Ariel (1983; text restored 2009), is a fantasy, along with its direct sequel in the Ariel sequence, Elegy Beach (2009); his second novel, The Architect of Sleep (1986), is an sf tale set in a Parallel World occupied by an intricately and plausibly depicted species which has evolved (see Evolution) from raccoons. After crossing into this world from a cavern in ours, the protagonist becomes involved in a complex plot ...

Gilliam, Terry

(1940-    ) US-born filmmaker, based in the UK from 1967; he became a British citizen in 1988. After editing a college humour magazine he became an editorial assistant and cartoonist on Harvey Kurtzmann's Help! from 1962 to 1965; after Help! folded he worked as an illustrator and copywriter for an agency in Los Angeles before moving to London to work on a short-lived magazine, The Londoner. On its demise he contributed sketches and art to television comedy, and produced his ...

Beerbohm, Max

Working name of UK author, caricaturist, theatre critic (hailed by his Saturday Review predecessor George Bernard Shaw as "the incomparable Max") and later Radio broadcaster Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (1872-1956). He was initially known for witty and mannered essays published from 1894 in The Yellow Book, The Savoy and other London magazines, first assembled under the self-mockingly grandiose title The Works of Max Beerbohm (coll 1896); at the time they were stigmatized for supposed Decadence, ...

Anders, Agnetha

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond her authorship of the Pleasurehouse sequence of erotic sf novels, set in a class-ridden Near Future Britain, and comprising Pleasurehouse 13 (1991) and The Last Days of the Pleasurehouse (1992). [JC]

Tom Corbett: Space Cadet

US tv series (1950-1955). CBS TV, later ABC TV, and then NBC TV for season five. Produced by Mort Abrahams. Writers included Albert Aley, Alfred Bester, Joseph Greene, Jack Weinstock. Directors included George Gould, Ralph Ward. Cast includes Michael Harvey, Al Markim, Jan Merlin and Frankie Thomas. Five seasons. Three fifteen-minute episodes weekly for the first four seasons; weekly thirty-minute episodes in season five. Black and white. / Initially conceived by Joseph Greene as early as ...

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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