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US tv series (1988-1992). An Alexander and Ilya Salkind Production, for syndication. Executive producer Ilya Salkind, producer Robert Simmonds. Directors included Reza S Badiyi, Colin Chilvers, Peter Kiwitt, David Grossman, David Nutter, Richard J Lewis. Writers included Fred Freiberger, Cary Bates, Mark Jones, Toby Martin, Michael Carlin and Andrew Helfer, David Gerrold. Three seasons, 78 25-minute episodes in all. ...

Achilleos, Chris

(1947-2021) Working name of British artist Christos Achilléos, born in Famagusta, Cyprus; he moved to Britain at the age of twelve after his father died. After graduating from the Hornsey College of Art in 1969, Achilleos began receiving assignments to do book covers for British publishers; his covers for reprints of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Pellucidar novels were very unremarkable, but he displayed more creativity in works like his 1972 ...

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

Film (1983). Albert Band International. Directed and coproduced by Charles Band. Written by coproducer Alan J Adler. Cast includes Jeffrey Byron, Mike Preston and Tim Thomerson. 83 minutes. 3-D. Colour. / More Science Fantasy than sf, this 3-D exploitation movie, set in a tribalized future wasteland, is notable for the absence of metalstorms and the fact that the totalitarian wizard Jared-Syn is not destroyed. The ...

Rice, E S

(1868-1925) US civil engineer and author of The Secret of the Moon God 2000 B C: Love and Adventure in Yucatan 1920 A D (1924), a Lost Race tale set in the mountains of Mexico, where remnants of an ancient civilization are discovered, along with a metal alloy unknown to the modern world. [JC]

Lewis, Oscar

(1893-1992) US editor and author active from 1912 as an author of magazine stories for boys; not to be confused with the anthropologist Oscar Lewis (1914-1970). His Alternate-History novel, The Lost Years: A Biographical Fantasy (1951), depicts through the recorded reactions of contemporaries the last years of Abraham Lincoln in a world where he was never assassinated. [JC]

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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