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Bingham, Roger

(1948-    ) UK Television host and author, in US for most of his career, during which he hosted several popular science television series. He is of sf interest for the imaginative Near Future Technothriller, Wild Card (1974; rev 1988) with Raymond Hawkey (whom see for details). The several verisimilitudinous descriptions of the bringing to successful fruition of a complex speculative enterprise avoid various Scientific Errors. [JC]

Captain Z-Ro

US tv series (1955-1956). Captain Z-Ro Productions/Atlas Television Productions. Syndicated. Created by Roy Steffens and Friedrich Schiller. Produced by Kathleen K Rawlings. Directed by David A Butler. Writers included Edward F Dolan Jr and Bob Keith. Cast includes Jack Cahill, Bruce Haynes, Roy Steffens and Bob Turnbull. 26 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Set presumably in the present day of the mid-1950s, this series features Scientist Captain Z-Ro (Steffens) and youthful ...

Varley, John

(1947-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Picnic on Nearside" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in August 1974 and who was soon thought to be the most significant new writer of the late 1970s. He was fresh, he was complex, he understood the imaginative implications of transformative developments like cloning (see Clones), many of his protagonists were women (see Women in SF), and most of the stories he told were set within an ...

Compton, D G

(1930-    ) UK author, born of parents who were both in the theatre; he lived for some time in the USA after 1981. Compton's novels are almost always set in the Near Future, and present a moral dilemma within that arena: the future is very clearly used in his work as a device of perspective, with the result that his tales bring contemporary trends into focus that is both clear and intimate. Most of the interest transparently inherent in these novels lies in their exposure of ...

Galaxy Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, founded by H L Gold, October 1950 to a single undated letter-size issue (July) 1980, a run of 254 issues; revived January/February 1994 to March/April 1995, for a further eight letter-size issues, with volume numbering starting back at the beginning, giving a total run as a Print Magazine of 262 issues. Thereafter converted to an Online Magazine as Galaxy E-Zine. Published by World Editions (October 1950-September 1951), Galaxy Publishing Corp (October 1951-May 1969), ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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