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1. UK tv series (1975-1977). BBC TV. by Terry Nation. Produced by Terence Dudley. Directed by Pennant Roberts, Terence Williams, Eric Hills. Written by Nation (seven episodes in season one), Roger Parkes, Jack Ronder, Martin Worth. Cast included John Abineri, Stephen Dudley, Lucy Fleming, Lorna Lewis, Denis Lill, Ian McCulloch, Tanya Ronder and many others. Three seasons; 38 50-minute episodes in all. Colour. / The ...

Greene, John O

(1823-1911) US lawyer, farmer and author of one novel, The Ke Whonkus People: A Story of the North Pole Country (1893), whose protagonist, after having steamed into northern waters, trek northwards where they discover the eponymous Lost World clemently surrounding the pole, and containing a Utopia inhabited by several million whites. The original settlers were Adam and Eve, who arrived by ...

Sleeper Awakes

As the nineteenth century progressed and the planet became more and more thoroughly explored, authors of Utopias and Dystopias began to abandon present-day Lost Worlds and Islands as venues for their ideal societies, and instead to locate their speculations in the future, perhaps hundreds of years hence. Almost always these speculations were framed by prologues (and sometimes ...

Goldstone, Lawrence

(1947-    ) US author of considerable nonfiction, including several perusals of the book trade, and of Off-Line (1998), a thriller set in a world whose citizens, as the moment of Singularity seems to be approaching, have become sidelined; any speculations about the nature of the Near Future are soon drowned in action. [JC]

Croisières Sidérales

French film (1942). Industrie Cinématographique. Directed by André Zwoboda. Written by Pierre Bost and Pierre Guerlais. Cast includes Julien Carette, Jean Marchat and Madeleine Sologne. 90 minutes. Black and white. / The film opens with a scrolled text (in French): "Although the authors took great liberties with the scholar's numbers, particularly concerning the velocities and distances at which the laws of relativity could play, the ...

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 ...

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