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Chilton, Charles

(1917-2013) UK Radio producer and scriptwriter whose three sf novels comprise a rewrite into novel form of his three-part BBC radio series, Journey Into Space (1953-1956), which he produced and wrote, and which were – and have remained through rebroadcasts – extremely popular. The individual volumes are Journey Into Space (1954), novelizing the first story (broadcast 21 September 1952 to 19 January 1954); The Red Planet (1956), novelizing the second series (broadcast 6 September ...


1. US computer-animated short film (2005). UCLA Animation Workshop. Directed and written by Shane Acker. 11 minutes. Colour. / Two small Robots scavenge in a Post-Holocaust landscape: one has a 5 on its back, the other 9. Called "stitchpunks" by Acker, they resemble sack dolls but their internal organs are mechanical. A predatory robot catches 5 and sucks out their soul using an electronic device: later we see it wearing the "skins" of its victims, with 5 and other numbers visible. 9 sets a ...


US tv series (2006-2008). CBS Paramount Network Television/Junction Entertainment for CBS-TV. Created by Stephen Chbosky, Josh Schaer, Jonathan E Steinberg. Produced by Dan Shotz, Nancy Won, Karim Zreik, Joy Gregory. Directors included Guy Norman Bee, Sandford Bookstaver, Jon Turtletaub. Writers included Carol Barbee, Joy Gregory, Robert Levine, Stephen Scaia. Cast includes Lennie James, Gerald McRaney, April Parker-Jones, Pamela Reed (Gail Green), Ashley Scott (Emily Sullivan) and Skeet ...

Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr

(1922-2007) US author, who signed his name simply Kurt Vonnegut (without the Jr) after 1976. He was a Prisoner of War near the end of World War Two in Dresden from December 1944 to May 1945, surviving the saturation bombing of the city and the subsequent firestorm, basing his most successful novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) [see below] on his experience; he was awarded a Purple Heart on his return to America, normally given to those wounded in active service. He began to write for various ...

Doherty, G D

(1927-    ) UK editor. An English teacher and sf enthusiast, Doherty produced the Anthology Aspects of Science Fiction (anth 1959), designed for use in British secondary schools. A carefully chosen selection, it proved popular and successful among both pupils and teachers. Further anthologies similarly aimed were Second Orbit (anth 1965) and Stories from Science Fiction (anth 1966). Doherty also contributed articles to SF Horizons, SF Impulse (see Science Fantasy) and ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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