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Blake's Seven

UK tv series (1978-1981). BBC TV. Created by Terry Nation. Producers David Maloney (seasons 1-3), Vere Lorrimer (season 4). Script editor Chris Boucher. Writers included Nation (all episodes in the first season), Boucher, James Follett, Robert Holmes, Tanith Lee. Cast includes Jan Chappell (Cally), Brian Croucher (Travis; season 2), Paul Darrow, Stephen Grief (Travis; season 1), Michael Keating (Vila), Steven Pacey (Tarrant), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan) and Gareth Thomas. 52 50-minute ...

Classics Illustrated

US Comics publication. Published by The Gilberton Company Incorporated and later Frawley Corporation from 1967 (see below). 169 issues in total, from 1941 to 1971. / Founded in 1941 by Alfred Lewis Kanter (1897-1973) to introduce reluctant readers to classic literature, Classics Illustrated proved to be one of the few success stories in US comics publishing which did not focus on Superheroes. Originally entitled Classic Comics until #35, the enterprise published adaptations of a great many ...


This is the term, in both sf and popular culture, used to indicate sentient extraterrestrial beings – creatures from other worlds endowed with reason, consciousness, thought, Intelligence (the terms for and conceptions of this vital but slippery quality vary). Aliens may have minds somewhat less capable than ours, of comparable capacity, of greater (even vastly greater) power, or minds so different that comparison becomes impossible. They may appear as invaders (see Invasion) or teachers, ...


The term "wordmill" for a novel-writing Machine was coined by Fritz Leiber in The Silver Eggheads (January 1959 F&SF; exp 1962), though the general concept is much older. When contemplating future innovations in Technology, it is perhaps not surprising that sf writers have regularly hit upon the idea that machinery might someday take over their own profession of writing (see Automation). / Most stories about writing machines function as acerbic commentaries by their authors on the ...

Time Opera

A potentially useful item of Terminology which has yet to be generally adopted. It seems to have been coined by Anthony Boucher in his Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction editorial introduction to the first story in Poul Anderson's Time Patrol sequence, "Time Patrol" (May 1955 F&SF): / "Space operas are all very well; but for real honest swashbuckling adventure, spiced with intellectual paradoxes and startling historical contrasts, give me that rarer art form, the time opera." ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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