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Heydon, J K

(1884-1947) Australian businessman and author whose World D: A Brief Account of the Founding of Helioxenon (1935), as told to him by "Hal P. Trevarthen, Official Historian of the Superficies", describes the creation of an Under-the-Sea culture, Helioxenon; the detail is considerable, sometimes Catholic. On the jacket the novel is credited to Trevarthen. [JC]

Batman [tv]

US tv series (1966-1968). Greenway Productions/ 20th Century-Fox/ABC. Produced by Howie Horwitz; executive producer William Dozier; directed by Robert Butler and many others. Writers: Lorenzo Semple Jr, Henry Slesar and many others. Based on the Comic-book characters created by Bob Kane. Cast includes John Astin (The Riddler), Tallulah Bankhead (The Black Widow), Anne Baxter (Zelda), Milton Berle (Louie the Lilac), Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet Cooper), Victor Buono (King Tut), Art Carney (The ...

Flanagan, Richard

(1961-    ) Australian author whose third novel, Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (2001) describes early Australian history – specifically the deeply troubled culture of Tasmania – in terms at points reminiscent of the Magic Realism techniques used by Latin American writers in their manufacture of national myths of origin; the tale is a central example of what has come to be known as Tasmanian Gothic, with the landscape itself providing the Gothic ...

Stanford, J K

(1892-1971) UK civil servant, solider and author, mostly of humorous material, whose first book, The Twelfth (1944 chap; vt The Twelfth and After: Being the Life and Death of George Hysteron-Proteron 1964), is a spoofish fantasy whose hunter protagonist is turned into a bird, and organizes his new kin to avoid being shot. His sf Satire, Full Moon at Sweatenham: A Nightmare (1953), takes rather clumsy potshots at a decadent, ludicrous Near Future UK circa 1960; the welfare state is guyed. ...

Ariss, Bruce

(1911-1994) US author, illustrator, designer, inventor, muralist and theatre director/producer who studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and then at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. He published "Dreadful Secret of Jonas Harper" as early as 1948 in What's Doing? Magazine, long before he published his one sf novel, Full Circle (1963), about a Post-Holocaust conflict between Amerindians and a tiny cadre of white survivors of the War of Poisoned Lightning (see World ...

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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