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Men into Space

US tv series (1959-1960). CBS-TV. Produced by Lewis J Rachmil. Writers included Jerome Bixby, Meyer Dolinsky, David Duncan and Ib Melchior. Directors included Alan Crosland Jr, Nathan Juran, and Lee Sholem. Writers included Jerome Bixby, Stuart J Byrne, Mike Dolinsky and David Duncan. One season, 38 episodes. Black and white. / Men into Space stands alone as Television's most significant contribution to the tradition of the Spacesuit Film, as it endeavoured to depict realistically how ...

Hawthorne, Julian

(1846-1934) US author, journalist and anthologist, the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne, of whom he wrote a biography, and father of writer Hildegarde Hawthorne (1871-1952). Julian forever lived in the shadow of his father and never mustered even a fraction of Nathaniel's reputation; indeed he sullied the family name when he became inadvertently involved in a speculation fraud in 1908 which made others rich and put him in gaol for a few months in 1913. In a writing career that spanned sixty-four ...

Kill La Kill

Japanese animated tv series (2013-2014). Trigger. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Kinryu Arimoto, Ami Koshimizu, Romi Park, Toshihiko Seki, Yukari Tamura and Ryoka Yuzuki. 24 24-minute episodes plus one OVA. Colour. / Student Ryuko Matoi (Koshimizu), hunting her father's killer, joins Honnouji Academy. It is run by the student council, led by Satsuki Kiryuin (Yuzuki), the daughter of Ragyo Kiryuin (Park), whose companies make 90% of the world's ...

Belden, David

(1949-    ) Swiss-born UK author, in the USA from 1982 for many years, but later again resident in the UK; his Galactic Collectivity sequence – Children of Arable (1986) and To Warm the Earth (1988) – depicts with clearly felt didactic urgency a Far-Future Earth trapped in sterile stasis, with a stagnant galactic civilization impotently observing the dying of the mother planet, though the protagonist of the first volume engineers a birth, which is intended to ...

Buckley, Christopher

(1952-    ) US author – son of William F Buckley Jr (1925-2008), himself the author of some fantasy but not sf – whose novels have been Satires of contemporary American life which sometimes edge towards the fantastic. Typical of these is Little Green Man (1999), in which the media pundit protagonist believes he has been abducted by Aliens but has in fact been abducted by a government agency, so secret the President does not know of its existence, whose goal is to ...

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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