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Brookmyre, Christopher

(1968-    ) UK author who remains best known for his Jack Parlabane sequence of noir thrillers, beginning with his first novel, Quite Ugly One Morning (1996), and all featuring an investigative reporter profoundly at odds with the powers that be. His first tale to contain fantasy elements, Pandaemonium (2009) plays, not entirely successfully, an Equipoisal game with uneasily matched registers of story: ...

Commando Cody – Sky Marshal of the Universe

US tv series (1955; vt Commando Cody). Republic Studios/Hollywood Television Service for NBC TV. Produced by Mel Tucker, Franklyn Adreon, directed by Fred Bannon, Harry Keller. Written by Ronald Davidson, Barry Shipman. Cast includes Judd Holdren and Aline Towne. Twelve 25-minute episodes shown weekly. Black and white. / Despite the title, the hero of this short-lived children's Television series was more likely to be found riding in a four-door ...

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 ...

Chalmers, Garet

Pseudonym of UK author Margaret Simpson Chalmers (1939-    ), whose two sf novels for Robert Hale Limited are A Legend in His Own Deathtime (1978), set in a Far-Future City deeply sunk in Decadence, and Homo-Hetero (1980), portraying the dilemma of two lovers of opposite gender in a ...

20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Film (1954). Walt Disney (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Richard Fleischer. Written by Earl Felton, based on Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1870; trans as Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas 1872) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas and James Mason. 127 minutes. Colour. / This early Walt Disney live-action film set ...

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. ...

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