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Space: Above and Beyond

US tv series (1995-1996; vt Space 2063). Village Roadshow Pictures/Hard Eight Pictures/20th Century Fox Television for Fox Network. Created by James Wong and Glen Morgan. Produced by D Howard Grigsby, Tim McHugh, Herb Adelman. Directors included Thomas J Wright, Charles Martin Smith, Winrich Kolbe. Writers included Marilyn Osborn, Joe Reinkemeyer, Richard Whitley. Cast includes Lanei Chapman, Kristen Cloke, Joel de la Fuente, James Morrison, Rodney Rowland, Tucker Smallwood (occasional) and ...

Bryce, Lloyd

(1851-1917) US politician, editor and author of a Future War Parody, A Dream of Conquest (June 1889 Lippincott's Monthly Magazine; 1890), which features a moderately spoofed Yellow Peril Invasion of Key West, which is virtually unmanned, and eventually New York, destroying the city. The it-was-all-a-dream conclusion of the tale may not have been intended literally. [JC]

Platonov, Andrey

Working name of Russian author Andrew Platonovich Klimentov (1899-1951), best known for his mainstream fiction, in particular his portrayals of ordinary humans caught in the gears of totalizing (but savagely ineffective) Technology. One of the most talented figures active in the first decades after the 1917 Revolution, he was regarded with suspicion by "official" literary critics and much of his work did not appear in Russia for many years, including his two powerful fictional analyses of ...


US tv series (1985). Produced by Universal Television for CBS-TV. Created by Roderick A Taylor. Produced by Lew Hunter. Cast includes Jonathan Banks, Gretchen Corbett, Brandon Crane, Sam Groom, Chris Hebert, Jonna Lee and Tony O'Dell. Eight 48-minute episodes. Colour. / This short-lived series involved the adventures of the Sterling family: father Hal (Groom), mother June (Corbett), their sons Trace (O'Dell) and Smith (Crane in pilot, then Hebert) and their daughter Gina (Lee). While on a ...

Hamilton, Peter F

(1960-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Bodywork" for Dream Magazine in September 1990. His first sale had actually been to Fear but this story, "Deathday", did not appear until the February 1991 issue. Though he is best known for his Space Operas – typically massive volumes arrayed in series – he has published several short stories of note, including "The Suspect Genome" (June 2000 Interzone) which won a BSFA Award. His first ...

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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