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TV's Dynamic Heroes

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine. Publisher: Top Flight Magazines. Editor: possibly Donald F Glut. Two numbered, undated issues 1976-1977. / This short-lived title was one of several Cinema and Television-related publications issued in the mid-1970s by Glut in partnership with long-time fan and screenwriter Ron Haydock (1940-1977). Jim Harmon was also reportedly involved with the company. TV's Dynamic Heroes concentrated mainly on popular sf programmes of the period, such as The ...


Role Playing Game (1976). Flying Buffalo. Designed by Ken St. Andre. / Starfaring was the first Role Playing Game to be set in a Space Opera universe. Its milieu includes such iconic features of the subgenre as Faster Than Light travel, intelligent Aliens, hostile Robots, Androids and Psionics; explicit references are made to Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang (coll of linked stories 1969) and Fred Saberhagen's Berserkers. The tone is broadly comic, illustrated by cartoons of the kind found ...

McElhiney, Gaile Churchill

(1888-1978) US author of a Lost Race novel, Into the Dawn (1945), in which a pilot discovers a hidden Island in the South Pacific housing descendants of lost Lemuria who have here created, with the aid of advances in Technology, a spiritually elevated Utopia. [JC]

Moebius Trip

US Fanzine (1969-1980) edited from Peoria, Illinois by Edward C Connor. 28 issues from 1960 to July 1980, issues #17-#28 (including the double issue #23/#24) being retitled S.F. Echo or Moebius Trip Library's S.F. Echo for Connor's much earlier fanzine Science Fiction Echo, launched June 1942. Moebius Trip was a substantial, duplicated fanzine, unusually bound in paperback book format rather than in standard US quarto size. Contents were varied; there was normally a substantial book review ...

Brown, Molly

(?   -    ) Working name of American-born UK stand-up comedienne and author Doris Mary Brown, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Bad Timing" (December 1991 Interzone); this won the BSFA Award for best short story of that year. The black humour of the tale – its inept Time-Travelling protagonist basically leaves the woman whose photograph he has fallen in love with to die of old age – is characteristic of her best work in that ...

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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