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Munro, C K

Pseudonym of UK civil servant (eventually Principal Assistant Secretary at the British Ministry of Labour) and playwright Charles Walden Kirkpatrick MacMullan (1889-1973), whose The Mountain; Or, the Story of Captain Yevan: A Symbolic Drama (1926) combines Utopia and Ruritania in its use of a fictitious City-state in the eastern heart of Europe as an arena for charged, symbolic discourse. [JC]

Six Million Dollar Man, The

US tv series (1973-1978). A Silverton and Universal Production for ABC. Executive producers Glen A Larson, Harve Bennett, Allan Balter. Produced by Michael Gleason, Lionel E Siegel, Joe L Cramer, Fred Freiberger. Based on the novel Cyborg (1972) by Martin Caidin. The series began as a 90-minute ABC "Wednesday Movie of the Week" in 1973; two more made-for-tv movies followed, then the series: five seasons, 100 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Lee Majors plays Steve Austin, a former US Air Force ...

Gilmour, William

(?   -    ) US author who has specialized in pastiches of the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including Lost on Jupiter (1962 chap), Tarzan and the Lightning Man (1963 chap) (see Tarzan) and Back to the Earth's Core (1971). More recently, in The Undying Land (1985), he competently pastiched the style of 1920s fantastic adventure-Pulp magazine fiction in general. [JC]

McCann, Edson

Pseudonym used by Frederik Pohl and Lester del Rey for the single novel Preferred Risk (June-September 1955 Galaxy; 1955), which was hurriedly written for a Galaxy Science Fiction novel competition because no acceptable outside submission had been received. Cast in the same mould as Pohl's and C M Kornbluth's The Space Merchants (July-August 1952 Galaxy as "Gravy Planet"; rev and cut 1953), it features a world dominated by vast insurance companies in the place of the Pohl and Kornbluth novel's ...

Feldstein, Al

(1925-2014) US Comics artist, writer and editor who worked for EC Comics from 1948 to 1956, initially as an artist but later in all three capacities. From 1950 to 1953 he edited, often wrote and sometimes drew the EC sf Anthology comic Weird Science (which see), also working on several other EC "New Trend" titles, all cancelled in 1955, and their "New Direction" and "Picto-Fiction" successors. Subsequently he edited EC's satirical magazine Mad from 1956 until his retirement in 1984. Book-format ...

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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