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Block, Bob

(1921-2011) UK scriptwriter, mostly for BBC radio and television, from as early as 1954 with scripts for Life with the Lyons in both mediums; he created and scripted one series, Robert's Robots (1973); and has novelized some of his other scripts of genre interest, including more than one for Rentaghost (1976), as well as Galloping Galaxies! (1987), which adapts scripts from Galloping Galaxies! (1985), a spoof space series derivative of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker works, set on the spaceship ...

Bulychev, Kir

Pseudonym of Russian historian, translator and author Igor Mozheiko (1934-2003), known also for books of popular science. Kir – he sometimes lengthened this to Kirill – Bulychev first gained popularity through light and intelligent stories, assembled in volumes like Tchudesa v Gusliaro (coll 1972; trans Roger DeGaris, with additional material, as Gusliar Wonders 1983), Liudi Kak Liudi ["Men Who Are Like Men"] (coll 1975), Letneie Utro ["A Summer Morning"] (coll 1979) and Pereval ...

Dedman, Stephen

(1959-    ) Australian author, editor and scripter of fantasy Role Playing Games who began publishing work of genre interest with "Report on Proposed Demolition of Sydney Opera House" for Artlook in 1977, and who came to international notice – after releasing a self-published novelette, The Dirty Little Unicorn (1987 chap) – with The Art of Arrow Cutting (1997), a Near Future noir thriller set in the mean streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles. This tale ...

Darlton, Clark

Pseudonym of German author, translator and editor Walter Ernsting (1920-2005); he also wrote as F MacPatterson. In the 1950s he edited the German Utopia-Magazin (launched 1955), providing it with much original and translated material, usually as Clark Darlton (English sf writers found it easier to publish in German than did German writers; for some time Ernsting sold his stories as translations from the Clark Darlton originals); his first sf publication, Ufo am Nachthimmel ["UFO in the Night ...

Altair

Australian Small Press Print Magazine which paid professional rates but had a print run of only 1,000 copies, classifying it as a Semiprozine or "little" magazine. It was published twice yearly, in February and August, by Altair Press, Blackwood, South Australia run by Robert N Stephenson and saw six issues from February 1998 to August 2000, the last a double issue, #6/#7. It was in A5 format, perfect bound, with usually 144 or 156 pages. / Besides being the name of a star, the title was a ...

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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