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Twilight Zone, The

1. US tv series (1959-1964). A Coyuga Production/MGM. Created Rod Serling, also executive producer. Producers were Buck Houghton, Herbert Hirschman, Bert Granet, William Froug. Writers included Serling (91 episodes), Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, Earl Hamner Jr, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson. Directors included Jack Smight, Stuart Rosenberg, John Brahm, Ralph Nelson, Buzz Kulik, Boris Sagal, Lamont Johnson, Elliot Silverstein, Don Siegel, William Friedkin, Richard Donner, Joseph ...

Brinkley, William

(1917-1993) US author, best known for Don't Go Near the Water (1956), book and film; in his only sf tale, The Last Ship (1988), is set in a Post-Holocaust world in which, seemingly, only one naval destroyer survives, though a Russian submarine is soon discovered, and then an Island, where the beleaguered (but modestly concupiscent) Captain must arrange for the men and women under his command to propagate the race again. [JC]

Hawke, Simon

(1951-    ) US author who first published under his birth name, Nicholas (Valentin) Yermakov, but has written as Hawke (now his legal name) since 1984. His career began with some sf adventure novels and the Boomerang series, all composed in a baroque idiom, but he soon settled into more settled pursuits, writing several unpretentious sf and fantasy series as Hawke and Military SF as by J D Masters. As Yermakov his most interesting work was probably in the Boomerang/Shade ...


UK tv series (2006-2011). Created by Russell T Davies. Producers include Davies, Julie Gardner, and Chris Chibnall. Directors include Andy Goddard, Ashley Way, and Euros Lyn. Writers include Davies, Chibnall, John Fay, and Catherine Tregenna. Cast includes John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Burn Gorman as Owen Harper (seasons 1-2), Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato (seasons 1-2), and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones (seasons 1-3). Four seasons; 41 60-minute episodes. / ...

Gilliam, Terry

(1940-    ) US-born filmmaker, based in the UK from 1967; he became a British citizen in 1988. After editing a college humour magazine he became an editorial assistant and cartoonist on Harvey Kurtzmann's Help! from 1962 to 1965; after Help! folded he worked as an illustrator and copywriter for an agency in Los Angeles before moving to London to work on a short-lived magazine, The Londoner. On its demise he contributed sketches and art to television comedy, and produced his ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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