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Disney on Television

Aside from a one-off special in 1950 to promote Alice in Wonderland (1951), the Walt Disney Company's involvement with Television was initially to fund and advertise Disneyland – whose opening ceremony would be broadcast on ABC, watched by 70 million people. ABC had helped fund the park in return for a television series, Walt Disney's Disneyland (1954-1958), which was followed by Walt Disney Presents (1958-1961). Similar shows would run each year on ABC, NBC or CBS until 1983. These shows ...

O'Neill, Scott

Pseudonym of Peg O'Neill Scott (1936-    ) for the single sf collection Martian Sexpot (coll of linked stories 1963), a mildly comic romp which as indicated by the title features Sex (or the lure of sex) on Mars. Scott also wrote an unauthorized Tarzan adventure under her and her husband's House Name Barton Werper. [DRL]

Adams, Douglas

(1952-2001) UK scriptwriter and author. He worked as script editor for the 1979-1980 season of Doctor Who television series, and wrote three stories for it: "The Pirate Planet" (1978), "City of Death" (1979) (with Graham Williams from an original draft by David Fisher as by "David Agnew"), and "Shada". The last was scheduled to be broadcast in 1980, but was only partially filmed owing to industrial action; the extant footage was released on video with linking narration in 1992; a novelization ...

Mason, Colin

(1926-2020) New Zealand-born Australian journalist, politician – Senator for New South Wales 1977-1987 – and author whose Near Future sf novel, Hostage (23 July-3 August 1973 Melbourne Sun; 1973), sets the beginning of World War Three in Israel and its climax in Australia. The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe (2003; rev vt A Short History of the Future – Surviving the 2030 Spike 2006) as Colin J Mason is a nonfiction exercise in Futures Studies which describes a ...

Planet of the Apes

1. Film (1968). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Franklin J Schaffner. Written by Michael Wilson, Rod Serling, based on La planète des singes (1963; trans as Planet of the Apes 1963) by Pierre Boulle. Cast includes Maurice Evans, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall and James Whitmore. 112 minutes. Colour. / Astronauts crashland on a planet where intelligent apes of three species rule over human savages. One astronaut is killed, one lobotomized, and the survivor ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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