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My Living Doll

US tv series (1964-1965). CBS TV. Created by Jack Chertok, also executive producer, Bill Kelsay and Al Martin. Produced by Howard Leeds; scripted by Kelsay, Martin and others. Cast includes Bob Cummings (episodes 1-21 only) and Julie Newmar. One season of 26 episodes, 25 minutes per episode. Black and white. / After his success with My Favorite Martian (1963-1966), Chertok came up with another sf comedy series. Centred on psychiatrist Dr Bob McDonald (Cummings), it concerned the female ...

Other Worlds

US Digest-size magazine, switching to Pulp format from November 1955. Published by Clark Publishing Co, November 1949-July 1953, and Palmer Publications Inc, May 1955-November 1957; edited by Raymond A Palmer and Bea Mahaffey. 47 issues, only 46 featuring fiction (not counting those titled either Science Stories or Universe Science Fiction): November 1949 to October 1952 (22 issues) as Other Worlds Science Stories, November 1952 to July 1953 (9 issues) as Other Worlds, May 1955 to May 1957 (16 ...

Molesworth, Vol

(1924-1964) Australian journalist and author, active in Fandom around the period of World War Two. His sf included two series: the Ape of God sequence, comprising Ape of God (1943 chap) and Monster at Large (1943 chap), which retells Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) in an Australian setting (see also Frankenstein Monster); plus the Radio Record series, comprising The Stratosphere Patrol (1943 chap), Spaceward Ho! (1944 chap) and The Three Rocketeers (1944 chap), in which Captain Lon Wynter ...

Murphy, Robert Franklin

(?   -    ) US author of the Near Future Girl Factory sequence of erotized Technothrillers beginning with The Girl Factory (1975), featuring a team of Androids created to defend America from its foes. [JC]

Merwin, Sam, Jr

(1910-1996) US author, whose name has been given, in error, as W Samuel Merwin or W S Merwin, son of the writer W Samuel Merwin (1874-1936); neither Merwin should be confused with W S Merwin (William Stanley Merwin, 1927-    ), the US Poet Laureate for 2011 whose The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative (1998), a novel in verse, treats Hawaiian history in mythopoeic terms. Sam Merwin Jr's first sf story was "The Scourge Below" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in October 1939. He later ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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