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Mr Terrific

US tv series (1967). Universal Television for CBS-TV. Directors included Jack Arnold, Jerry Hopper, Don Weis. Writers included Hal Goldman, David P Harmon, Martin Ragaway. Cast includes Richard Gautier, John McGiver and Stephen Strimpell. Seventeen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Stanley Beamish (Strimpell) is the physically unimposing owner of a gas station in Washington, District of Columbia, who is recruited to become the reluctant titular Superhero by the Bureau of Special Projects. ...

Kennedy, John

(1945-2009) US author, involved in American Fandom all his life, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Toward the Fullness of Fate" for Galaxy in July 1976. Later work was assembled in the two versions of Nova in a Bottle (coll 1992 chap; with differing contents, exp 2003 chap). It is a sign of the esteem in which he was held that the first version contained essays on Kennedy by Vance Aandahl, Edward Bryant, John E Stith and Connie Willis; the pieces by Bryant and Willis were ...

Miller, Kurt

(1968-    ) American artist. After earning a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Miller initially worked exclusively for the gaming industry, doing the artwork for Avalon Hill board games and working for the computer game company Talonsoft, inspiring his eventual shift to digital art; more recently, he has produced numerous book covers for Baen Books. As someone familiar with that company might expect, Miller has frequently illustrated works of Military SF with ...

Hall, Hal W

(1941-    ) US bibliographer, Special Formats Librarian at Texas A & M University Library until his retirement in August 2010. His useful series of Bibliographies began with his SFBRI/Science Fiction Book Review Index, starting with SFBRI: Science Fiction Book Review Index, Volume 1, 1970 (1971 chap), with an annual continuation published in each succeeding year up to SFBRI: Science Fiction Book Review Index, Vol 15, 1984 (1985 chap); since then the series continued with ...

Bergey, Earle K

(1901-1952) US illustrator, sometimes signing himself Earle Bergey, E K Bergey, or just Bergey, whose prodigious output for the Pulp magazines ranged across all genres, although it is for his sf work that he is best remembered today; towards the end of his life he began painting paperback covers as well, his most renowned being that for the 1948 Popular Library reprint of Anita Loos's (non-sf) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925). He received his formal art education, such as it was, at night ...

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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