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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

Klein, Gérard

(1937-    ) French anthologist, critic, editor and author; an economist by profession, Klein is one of the few continental-European sf writers known in the USA. He has used the pseudonyms Gilles d'Argyre (most frequently) and Mark Starr; and, jointly with Patrice Rondard and Richard Chomet, François Pagery (based on the collaborators' first names, PAtrice plus GErard plus RIchard). His first stories, heavily influenced by Ray ...


US tv series (1969). George Schlatter-Ed Friendly Productions. Created by Friendly and Schlatter. Writers included Albert Brooks. Cast included Tim Conway (guest host), Teresa Graves, Ken Greenwald and Maura McGiveney. One episode. Colour. / A hapless effort to duplicate the success of George Schlatter's sketch comedy series Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1968-1973), Turn-On is widely regarded as the worst disaster in American television history. A few stations ...

Estleman, Loren D

(1952-    ) US author of detective fiction and Westerns who began publishing at book length in 1976. His early novels include the fantastic Sherlock Holmes adventures Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula; or, The Adventures of the Sanguinary Count (1978) (see Vampires) and Dr Jekyll and Mr Holmes (1979), both purportedly by "John H Watson, MD, as edited by Loren ...

Storr, Catherine

(1913-2001) UK doctor and author, for many years a psychotherapist, after 1963 a prolific author of journalism, children's books – most famously Marianne Dreams (1958; vt The Magic Drawing Pencil 1960), in which physical and mental malaises are incarnated in a fantasy world – and an sf novel, Unnatural Fathers (1976), in which the success of an experiment to make men capable of child-bearing causes great upheavals in a ...

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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