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Slattery, Brian Francis

(1975-    ) US author, editor, and musician, whose early short fiction, beginning with "The Things that Get You" in Glimmer for Spring 2002, often partakes (if faintly) of the fantastic, which he began to explore more deeply with Spaceman Blues: A Love Song (2007), an exuberant fantasy – some of whose elements, such as Aliens and Underground environments, belong rather to sf – that reflects his abiding interest in Music and alternate, often multicultural ...

Biggle, Lloyd, Jr

(1923-2002) US author and musicologist, with a PhD in musicology from the University of Michigan on the music of the medieval Flemish composer Antoine Brumel. His interest in Music and the other Arts, perhaps watered down more than necessary in an effort to make such concerns palatable to his readers, can be detected throughout his sf, which he began to publish with "Gypped" for Galaxy in July 1956. His first novel, The Angry Espers (August 1959 Amazing as "A Taste of Fire"; rev with cuts ...

Benoist, Elizabeth S

(1901-1999) US author in whose sf novel, Doomsday Clock (1975), a passel of disparate characters takes refuge from nuclear Holocaust in a very deep and luxurious Underground bomb shelter, where they tell each other tales (see Club Story) and prepare, in all likelihood, to die. [JC]

Tom Corbett: Space Cadet

US tv series (1950-1955). CBS TV, later ABC TV, and then NBC TV for season five. Produced by Mort Abrahams. Writers included Albert Aley, Alfred Bester, Joseph Greene, Jack Weinstock. Directors included George Gould, Ralph Ward. Cast includes Michael Harvey, Al Markim, Jan Merlin and Frankie Thomas. Five seasons. Three fifteen-minute episodes weekly for the first four seasons; weekly thirty-minute episodes in season five. Black and white. / Initially conceived by Joseph Greene as early as ...

Scotten, Cordell

(?1921-2003) US author whose interest in sf seems to have lasted only a year, from his first and only story, "The Hijacking of the Pony Express" in Analog for February 1989, to his novel a few months later, a Tie to the Isaac Asimov's Robot City Shared World series, Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens 2: Renegade (1989), which interestingly has three Robots whose task it is to determine why (and ultimately whether) only biological humans should evoke for them the three Laws of ...

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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