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Prisoner, The

UK tv series (1967-1968). An Everyman Films production for ATV. Produced by David Tomblin. Created, starring and partly written and directed by Patrick McGoohan (1928-2009); other writers included George Anthony Skene, Terence Feely; other directors included Don Chaffey, Pat Jackson. Script edited by George Markstein. Theme music by Ron Grainer. 17 50-minute episodes. Cast includes McGoohan, Leo McKern, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick. Colour. / In this Kafka-esque, sf-related series a UK ...

Pease, Tom

(?   -    ) US author of Pudoria (1961), a Near Future Utopia, with some authoritarian implications: financial transactions are abhorred; money itself cannot be mentioned; free love (see Sex) is openly practised. [JC]

Liss, David

(1966-    ) US comics writer and author, most of whose novels have been historical thrillers, beginning with A Conspiracy of Paper (2000), most featuring Benjamin Weaver [not listed below]. A Young Adult series, the Randoms sequence beginning with Randoms (2015), a slightly helter-skelter though deliberately comic narrative whose young protagonist Zeke discovers that the sf he had devoured when even younger was literally true (for a different unfolding of this basic topos, ...

Son of Kong

Film (1933). RKO. Directed by Ernest B Schoedsack. Written by Ruth Rose. Cast includes Robert Armstrong, Noble Johnson, Helen Mack and Frank Reicher. 70 minutes. Black and white. / This film was made immediately after King Kong (1933) as a small-scale sequel. The hero returns to Skull Island and discovers Kong's son "Little Kong", a 20ft (6m) white ape with all the characteristics of a friendly puppy. Various prehistoric Monsters including Dinosaurs appear and wreak havoc – one being ...

Nodaway, Max

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race tale, Rollo in Hawaii: A Tale of Thrilling Adventures, Amid Volcanoes, Fire Fountains and Tropical Wonderlands; Into which is Woven a Vivid Description of those Mystic Isles, Where Fire and Water have Built up a Delirium of Chaos and Beauty (1908). [JC]

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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