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UK tv serial (1977-1978). BBC TV. Produced by Prudence Fitzgerald. Regular cast included Edward Woodward, Barbara Kellerman, Robert Lang, Tony Doyle, Lisa Harrow. Most episodes written Wilfred Greatorex, who devised the series, or Edmund Ward. 16 55-minute episodes. Colour. / Reflecting the fears of the middle classes in the 1970s, this serial, set in a socialist UK of 1990, warns of what could happen if the welfare state continued in its present direction. The country is run by the PCD, an ...


US magazine of gay Speculative Fiction available in both print and downloadable formats. Published by Lethe Press, Maple Shade, New Jersey and edited by Steve Berman. Published quarterly since Summer 2009. Icarus publishes stories of speculative fiction that feature gay male protagonists though the contributors themselves need not be gay. It also includes interviews with and essays by gay authors or about straight writers who have explored gay themes. As a result, despite the primary readership ...

Adventures of Batman and Robin, The

US syndicated tv series (1992-1995; originally titled Batman: The Animated Series). Warner Bros. Produced by Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski and Bruce W Timm. Executive producers: Jean MacCurdy and Tom Ruegger. Directed by Kevin Altieri and many others. Based on the Comic-book characters created by Bob Kane. Writers include Paul Dini, Diane Duane, Joe R Lansdale, Peter Morwood, Steve Perry, Michael Reaves, Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Judith Reeves-Stevens, Randy Rogel, Brynne Stephens, Len Wein and ...

Hurwood, Bernhardt J

(1926-1987) US author of various sorts including detections and a very early manual on adjusting to the Computer age: Writing Becomes Electronic: Successful Authors Tell How They Write in the Age of the Computer (1986). He wrote and edited occult and horror titles for the Young Adult market, like Strange Curses (coll 1975) and By Blood Alone (1979); the Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. soft-porn quasithriller sequence as by Mallory T Knight, beginning with The Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. #1: The Dozen Deadly ...

Smith, Russell J

(1972-    ) UK author of The Phenomenon (2007), a Near Future sf tale, set in a world already beset by Climate Change, which is afflicted by a "disease" whose victims broadcast their thoughts (see Telepathy) involuntarily. [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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