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Max Headroom

UK made-for-tv film (1985); US tv series (1987-1988). Chrysalis/Channel 4 (UK); Chrysalis/Lakeside-Lorimar Telepictures (US). Created by Steve Roberts (screenplay) and George Stone, Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton (story). Produced by Peter Wagg, Brian Frankish, Roberts. Writers included Roberts, Philip DeGuere, Michael Cassutt. Directors included Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (UK teleplay), Farhad Mann, Tommy Lee Wallace, Thomas J Wright, Victor Lobl, Janet Greek. Teleplay 70 minutes; series ...

Lord, Graham

(1943-2015) Southern-Rhodesia-born editor and author, in the UK from about 1960; of his novels, two are of sf interest: God and All His Angels (1976) is a Satire set in a Near Future England which has been turned into a theme park, though a grim new government, run by right-wing radicals known as God's Angels, soon takes over; and A Party to Die For (1997) anticipates a millennial Disaster in the shape of a Comet due to impact Earth at the turn of the year 2000. [JC]

Knowlton, J A

(1854-1937) US author of two Prehistoric SF novels. Txleama: A Tale of Ancient Mexico (1892) segues into Lost World territory from initial sequences set in Mexico before the Spanish Conquest. Origin (1900), beginning with the story of the Biblical Flood, features a Lost Race of blond giants, evolved from the raven and the dove who leave the Ark at Noah's command, offers a secret history of the American West (in particular) through the lives and exploits of their children (see History in SF). ...

Goldsmith, Martin M

(1913-1994) US screenwriter and author in whose Shadows at Noon (1943), a Near Future sf novel set in World War Two, Manhattan (see New York) is bombed by Nazi bombers. Goldsmith wrote two episodes of The Twilight Zone in 1964. [JC]

Fantastic Science Fiction

US letter-size magazine, edited by Walter B Gibson, the prolific pulp writer and creator of The Shadow (see The Shadow). Only two issues appeared, #1 (August 1952) published by Super Science Fiction Publications, #2 (December 1952) by Capitol Stories, both subsidiaries of Charlton Publications, Connecticut. / This inferior magazine, whose stories featured formulaic, simplistic and chauvinistic adventure, should not be confused with Fantastic, also begun in 1952, which for April ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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