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Lombardi, Tom

(?   -    ) US author of a Young Adult novel, My Summer on Earth (2008), in which an Alien named Clint is sent to Earth to persuade another alien, disguised as a film actor whose first name is Clint, to come back home; the tale is spoofish but frequently sharp. [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 ...

Clark, Alan M

(1957-    ) US illustrator and author, in the latter capacity mainly of horror, often in collaboration, beginning with Not Broken, Not Belonging (1994 chap), a novelette. His first novel, Promised (2005) with Jeremy Robert Johnson, is also horror, as is the Blood of Father Time sequence beginning with The New Cut (2007) with Stephen C Merritt and Lorelei Shannon. Some of his tales provide implied Horror in SF premises, but without much sense that such premises are central. / ...

Skinner, Gard

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel Game Slaves (2014) begins inside an extremely advanced Videogame featuring AI-run action stars, one of whom comes to consciousness within this frame. Her conviction that she is more than a Computer program, and that there is a world beyond the Virtual Reality she inhabits (see the film Matrix), the protagonist engineers an escape, finding herself no longer a Hero but a body floating in a tank. The world she and ...

American International Pictures

This entry covers the period 1954-1979 when American International Pictures was an independent American motion picture company that produced and distributed low-budget films. Formed by James H Nicholson and Samuel Z Arkoff in 1954 and initially called the American Releasing Corporation (ARC), it was renamed American International Pictures (AIP) in 1956. In 1964 it also formed American International Productions Television to produce made-for-tv movies. In 1979 ARC was bought by Filmways, Inc and ...

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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