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Monty Python's Flying Circus

UK tv series (1969-1974). A BBC production. Produced by Ian MacNaughton. Created, starring and written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Other regular actors included Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, Neil Innes (final series) and Ian MacNaughton. Four series comprising 45 episodes of 25-30 minutes. Colour. / The anarchic/surreal Humour of this Television comedy-sketch series was hugely influential; its innumerable spinoffs include books, ...

Cardona Peña, Alfredo

(1917-1995) Costa Rican poet, essayist, journalist, academic and author who lived in Mexico from 1938, but who preserved ties with his native country throughout his life. Together with the Chilean Hugo Correa, he could be considered the Latin American version of Ray Bradbury. He began to study arts in San José, Costa Rica, and finished in El Salvador, where he also started working as a journalist. Since 1945, he was appointed teacher of Spanish Language Literature at the National ...

Valley of Gwangi, The

Film (1969). Morningside/Warner-Seven Arts. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by James O'Connolly. Written by William E Bast, with additions by Julian More. Dinosaur animation by Ray Harryhausen. Cast includes Richard Carlson, James Franciscus, Gila Golan and Laurence Naismith. 95 minutes. Colour. / Cowboys discover a hidden valley in Mexico where surviving Dinosaurs still live. They capture Gwangi, an allosaur, roping it like a steer, and take it back to civilization to put it on ...

Timlett, Peter Valentine

(1933-    ) UK author whose sf/fantasy Atlantis trilogy – The Seed Bearers (1974; vt The Seedbearers 1976), The Power of the Serpent (1976) and Twilight of the Serpent (1977) – deals in occasionally occult terms with Atlantis and its fall, moving subsequently to the founding of civilization in Britain by survivors of the collapse, who hope that Atlantean impulses might be preserved on the new Island. [JC]

Ultimate Warrior, The

Film (1975). Warner Bros. Written and directed by Robert Clouse. Cast includes Yul Brynner, Joanna Miles, William Smith and Max von Sydow. 92 minutes. Colour. / New York in 2022 CE is in an advanced state of decay after a man-made biological catastrophe that occurred decades earlier. The leader of a group who have barricaded a street against gangs of thugs roaming outside hires the services of a super-Samurai (Brynner). This was promoted as the first Kung Fu sf movie, following, as it does, ...

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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