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Lucian [2]

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK author (?   -    ) whose 1920: Dips into the Near Future (last quarter of 1917 The Nation; coll of linked stories 1918 chap) sharply examines a Near Future UK in Satirical terms as a land inherently deformed by the experience of World War One; the book is based on models from the original Lucian, being told in the form of dialogues with a clergyman returned from 1920. [JC]

Grimwade, Peter

(1942-1990) UK Television director and author, most closely associated in various capacities with Doctor Who; even his one non-Tied novel, Robot (1987), is dependent on the Doctor Who universe, for which he also wrote three Ties: Doctor Who – Time-Flight (1983), Doctor Who – Mawdryn Undead (1983) and Doctor Who – Planet of Fire (1984), all derived from his own scripts. [JC]

Far Out Space Nuts

Juvenile tv series (1975-1976). Sid and Marty Kroft Enterprises for CBS-TV. Created by Sid and Marty Kroft with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Directors included Claudio Guzman, Wes Kenny, Walter C Miller. Writers included Chuck McCann, Earle Doud and Duane Poole. Cast includes Bob Denver, Patti Maloney and Chuck McCann. 16 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Two inept maintenance workers at a Rocket launching facility are loading materials into a rocket; the less intelligent one, Junior (Denver) ...

Mayer, Andrew P

(1965-    ) US Videogame designer and author of the Society of Steam sequence, comprising The Falling Machine (2010), Hearts of Smoke & Steam (2011) and Power under Pressure (2013), set in a Steampunk version of late nineteenth-century New York, where Superheroes vie against Lord Eschaton who, as his name implies, plots to shape the future into a Satanic Mills Dystopia. The Robot known as Automaton which/who is destroyed in the first volume is reconstructed in the ...

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Animated film (2001). Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount Pictures. Directed by John A Davis. Written by Davis and David N Weiss & J David Stem and Steve Oedekerk, based on a story by Davis and Oedekerk. Cast includes Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen and Patrick Stewart. 79 minutes. Colour. / The usual pattern for Edisonade in Children's SF is that our young inventor (see Invention) must take many stumbling steps in the face of public ridicule before proving their worth. In contrast, James Isaac ...

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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