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Hellerstein, Harry

(1939-    ) US author of Wired: A Fantastic Adventure Story of the Computer Age (1982), in which two Computer geeks with almost supernatural affinity to the new world vie with one another. [JC]

Abernathy, Robert

(1924-1990) US teacher and author who began to publish his short fiction with "Heritage" for Astounding in June 1942, and whose work – about 40 stories overall – appeared regularly in the sf magazines until 1956. During the 1940s, his most consistent market was Planet Stories, for which he wrote such stories as "Peril of the Blue World" (Winter 1942 Planet Stories), "Saboteur of Space" (Spring 1944 Planet Stories) and "The Dead-Star Rover" (Winter 1949 Planet Stories); later work ...

Fox, Peter F

(1946-    ) UK author of Downtime (1986), a Technothriller. [JC]

Champions, The

UK tv series (1968-1969). ITC Entertainment for ITV network UK, NBC-TV US. Created by Monty Berman and Dennis Spooner (1932-1986). Directors included Roy Ward Baker, Cyril Frankel, John Llewellyn Moxey, and Don Sharp. Writers included Brian Clemens, Donald James, Terry Nation, Spooner and Tony Williams. Cast includes Alexandra Bastedo, Stuart Damon, William Gaunt and Anthony Nicholls. 30 60-minute episodes. Colour. / Counter-espionage agents Craig Stirling (Damon), Sharron Macready ...

Post-Holocaust

A blanket item of Terminology used in this encyclopedia to deal with stories set in the aftermath of catastrophe, whether the upheaval is a natural Disaster or a human- or Alien-caused Holocaust or an incurable Pandemic. In the longer term, as generations pass and memories of the actual catastrophe fade and blur, post-holocaust settings merge almost seamlessly into the gentler, often rustically stable society of the Ruined Earth. / This is part of a giant cluster of themes which has always ...

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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