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Star Trek: The Animated Series

US animated tv series (1973-1974; original title Star Trek; vt The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek). Filmation Associates, Norway Productions, Paramount Television. Creator and executive consultant Gene Roddenberry. Story editor and associate producer D C Fontana. Directed by Bill Reed and Hal Sutherland. Writers include D C Fontana, David Gerrold, Stephen Kandel, Walter Koenig, Chuck Menville, Larry Niven and Howard Weinstein. Voice cast includes Majel Barrett, James ...

Williams, Paul

(1948-2013) US editor and author who began publishing sf nonprofessionally as a teenager, bringing out four issues of a fanzine, Within (1962-1963), and speaking to Boston library school students on sf as literature for young adults. In 1966 he founded Crawdaddy!, the first US rock magazine (see Music), which he edited through 1968, and then 1993-2003. The first issue (January 1966) was typed on David G Hartwell's typewriter and printed on Ted White's mimeograph machine; later issues included ...

Gilbert, Stephen

(1912-2010) Irish businessman, journalist and author whose first novel, The Landslide (1943), is of sf interest, being a Parallel-World fantasy of some complexity in which primeval eggs, exposed by the titular event, begin to hatch into dragons; his second sf novel, Monkeyface (1948), movingly explores the familiar territory of the self-aware ape (see Apes as Human); his third, The Burnaby Experiments: An Account of the Life and Work of John Burnaby and Marcus Brownlow (1952), examines "psychic ...

Velikovsky, Immanuel

(1895-1979) Russian-born psychiatrist and author, in Germany from 1921, in Palestine 1924-1939, and then in US until his death; primarily known for a series of books putting forward, with a vast amount of documentation and argument, a theory of Earth's history which proposes that comparatively recent large-scale changes in the solar system had catastrophic effects on the Earth, and that historical evidence for this Cosmology (in the form of legends, Mythology, the Bible and other accounts) ...


Japanese animated tv series (2015); original title Gakkō Gurashi! Based on the Manga by Sadoru Chiba and Norimitsu Kaihō. Lerche. Directed by Masaomi Ando. Written by Norimitsu Kaihō. Voice cast includes Mao Ichimichi, Ai Kayano, Inori Minase, Ari Ozawa and Rie Takahashi. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Yuki Takeya (Minase) loves school so much she lives there: the first episode has her happily mingling with her many fellow pupils, enthusing about her life. However, some ...

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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