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Space Patrol

1. US tv serial (1950-1955). ABC TV. Produced by Mike Moser (1950-1952), Helen Moser (1953-1955), directed by Dik Darley. Written Norman Jolley. Cast includes Nina Bara, Virginia Hewitt, Ed Kemmer, Ken Mayer and Lyn Osborn. 210 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / One of the many Space-Opera serials on Television after Captain Video, and possibly the first to feature Faster-than-Light travel to the stars, Space Patrol began as a five-times-a-week 15-minute programme on local television; ...

Vonarburg, Élisabeth

(1947-    ) French-born Canadian teacher, editor, critic and author, in Quebec from 1973, naturalized 1976. She was fiction editor 1979-1990 and editor 1983-1985 of Solaris; and began publishing sf with "Marée haute" for Requiem in 1978; the tale appeared as "High Tide" in Twenty Houses of the Zodiac (anth 1979) edited by Maxim Jakubowski. Many of her stories (some award-winning) have been assembled as L'Oeil de la nuit ["The Eye of Night"] (coll 1980) and Janus (coll ...

McQuinn, Donald E

(1930-    ) US soldier and author whose first sf novel (his fifth overall), Warrior (1990), packs into its setting – a Ruined Earth America 500 years after the nation's nuclear destruction – almost every Cliché available to writers of barbarian-warrior novels: a variety of agon-based tribal societies; a woman-run church; a batch of twenty-first-century warriors freshly resurrected from Cryonic slumber and ready for a fight; an evil monarch bent on ...

Kaufman, Charlie

(1958-    ) US screenwriter, filmmaker and author. An NYU film-school classmate of writer-director Chris Columbus, Kaufman struggled for a decade writing spec scripts for television and occasional pieces for National Lampoon, before eventually landing script work on a series of now little-remembered Television shows through the 1990s; the experience of protracted unsuccess remains an emotional centre of all of his major films. Of his early screenplays Human Nature was nearly ...

Lem, Stanisław

(1921-2006) Polish critic, polymath and author, winner of numerous awards including the 1973 Polish State Literary Award. Born in Lwów, he described his childhood and adolescence charmingly (if selectively) in the autobiographical Wysoki zamek ["High Castle"] (1966; trans Michael Kandel as Highcastle: A Remembrance 1995). Lem's study of medicine was interrupted in World War Two by the Nazi occupation, which as a Jew he survived at great risk (most of his family were murdered in the ...

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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