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McNelly, Willis E

(1920-2003) US academic, sf critic and editor long based at California State University at Fullerton, where he gave what were among the earlier sf classes in the USA. His anthologies include the Mars-themed Mars, We Love You (anth 1971; vt The Book of Mars 1976) edited with Jane Hipolito, Above the Human Landscape: A Social Science Fiction Anthology (anth 1972) edited with Leon E Stover and Science Fiction Novellas (anth 1975) edited with Harry Harrison; the last title had a companion work, ...

Smaill, Anna

(1979-    ) New Zealand author whose first novel, The Chimes (2015), artfully conceals its distant Near Future setting in a London which may be viewed as a Dystopia, as it is oppressively guild-dominated and under something like a curse, which may be nothing more than the effects of twenty-first century global despoliation. At the same time, however, a detailed and subtle Equipoisal overlay allows a fantasy reading of the Amnesia-afflicted population, for which melodies and ...

Macrostructures

An unfailingly popular theme in sf is the discovery, usually by humans, of vast enigmatic constructions – macrostructures or Big Dumb Objects – in space or on other planets. As a rule these have been built by a mysterious, now-disappeared race of Alien intellectual giants (see Forerunners) and humans can only guess at their purpose, though the very fact of being confronted by such artefacts regularly modifies or confounds their mental programming and brings them that much closer to ...

Green Hornet, The

1. US tv series (1966-1967). Greenway Productions/20th Century Fox Television for ABC-TV. Characters created by George W Trendle, Fran Striker for the 1936 Radio drama version. Executive Producer: Charles B Fitzsimons. Producers: Richard M Bluel, Stanley Shpetner. Directors included William Beaudine, James Komack, Leslie H Martinson. Writers included Lorenzo Semple Jr, Paul Dubov, Sheldon Stark. Cast includes Walter Brooke, Lloyd Gough (Mike Axford), Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner and Van Williams. ...

Jonny Quest

1. Animated tv series (1964-1965; vt The Adventures of Jonny Quest). Hanna-Barbera Productions/Screen Gems/Warner Brothers Television for ABC-TV. Created and designed by Doug Wildey. Directed by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Writers included Walter Black, Joanna Lee, Wildey, Herbert Finn, and Alex Lovy. Cast includes Danny Bravo, Cathy Lewis, Tim Matheson, Don Messick, Vic Perrin, Mike Road and John Stephenson. 26 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Eleven-year-old Jonathan "Jonny" Quest ...

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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