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Lost on Earth

US tv series (1997). USA Network original productions for the USA Television Network. Produced by Mark Nasser, David Salzman, others. Directors included Gary Brown, Paul Fusco and Phil Ramuno. Writers included Wayne Kline and Frank Santopadre. Cast includes Tim Conlon, Stacy Galina, Paul Gleason and Drew Massey (voice only). 13 25-minute episodes. Colour. / At KTEE-TV station, reporter Dave Rudy (Conlon) is nearly fired after making a major mistake on the air; he accepts demotion to become ...

Skene, Anthony

Pseudonym of UK author George Norman Philips (1884-1972) used primarily for his Sexton Blake tales featuring a character of his own creation, the albino Antihero M Zenith, or Zenith the Albino, who first appears in "A Duel to the Death" (21 November 1919 Union Jack #837), with many stories to follow, including Monsieur Zenith (1936; vt Monsieur Zenith the Albino 2001), his last appearance being "The Affair of the Bronze Basilisk" (April 1941 The Sexton Blake Library). Zenith himself seems not ...

Lu, Marie

Pseudonym of Chinese-born author Xiwei Lu (1984-    ), in US from early childhood. She remains best known for her first series, the Young Adult Legend sequence beginning with Legend (2011), set in a moderately distant Near Future balkanized Dystopian America with a geographical focus on Los Angeles (see California). Three loci of narrative interest are conspicuously present in the central three full-length tales: an hierarchical system based on deadly agonistic Games whose ...

Morris, William

(1834-1896) UK designer, artist, publisher, poet and author whose greatest fame rests on his work as a designer of furniture and fabrics; his efforts to reform the prevalent vulgarity of mid-Victorian taste and to preserve standards of craftsmanship placed him in radical and irresolvable conflict with the basic tendencies of the industrial era, then in the first vigour of its youth. This conflict was variously expressed in his writing. In his early poems, collected in The Defence of Guenevere ...

Darlton, Clark

Pseudonym of German author, translator and editor Walter Ernsting (1920-2005); he also wrote as F MacPatterson. In the 1950s he edited the German Utopia-Magazin (launched 1955), providing it with much original and translated material, usually as Clark Darlton (English sf writers found it easier to publish in German than did German writers; for some time Ernsting sold his stories as translations from the Clark Darlton originals); his first sf publication, Ufo am Nachthimmel ["UFO in the Night ...

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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