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Man Called Flintstone, The

Animated film (1966; vt The Flintstones in The Man Called Flintstone). Hanna-Barbera Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced and directed by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna. Written by Harvey Bullock and R S Allen. Cast includes Mel Blanc, June Foray, Paul Frees, Gerry Johnson, Don Messick, Alan Reed, Jean Vander Pyl and Janet Waldo. 89 minutes. Colour. / Secret Agent Rock Slag (Frees) is injured in the town of Bedrock in a battle with agents working for the international Villain the Green ...

Slow Glass

A glass-like substance based on Imaginary Science, which in effect has a refractive index so huge that light takes significant time – from seconds to many years – to pass through a sheet or block of the material. It thus functions as a limited Time Viewer. Bob Shaw coined the term in his fine story "Light of Other Days" (August 1966 Analog), where slow-glass scenic windows or "scenedows" allow urban apartments to look out on beautiful stored country landscapes. This and other Slow ...

Cohen, Barney

Working name of US author Bernard Halsband Cohen (1944-    ), whose first novel of genre interest was The Night of the Toy Dragons (1977). The Taking of Satcon Station (1982) with Jim Baen, the first of two Asher Bockhorn sf thrillers, is an engagingly over-the-top application of private-eye idioms and plots (Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon [1930] being much in evidence) to near space, the eponymous satellite being the focus for the climax. Blood on the Moon (1984), ...

Torgersen, Brad R

(1974-    ) US healthcare computer technician and author who, after a least one student publication at the beginning of the twenty-first century, began to release work of genre interest with "Extanastasis" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXVI (anth 2010) edited by K D Wentworth. Most of his work can be described as adventure-oriented Hard SF, with stories appearing frequently in Analog; a considerable proportion of his output has been assembled in ...

Koch, Howard

(1901-1995) US playwright and screenwriter, blacklisted by Hollywood studios in 1951 for his left-wing political views; he is best known in sf circles for scripting the famous Orson Welles Radio adaptation of War of the Worlds (1938), which caused at least some US listeners to panic – though not, it would seem, to the extent conveyed in The Night that Panicked America (1975). Koch also published one short sf story, "Invasion from Inner Space" (in Star Science Fiction #6, anth 1959, ed ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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