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Jeff Hawke

UK Comic strip created by writer Eric Souster and artist Sydney Jordan (1928-    ). Some scripts were written by William Patterson and many of the later ones by Jordan. Jeff Hawke first appeared in 1954 in the London Daily Express, and ceased in 1974. During its lifetime it was the UK's leading sf comic strip. The overall scenario depicted Earth as a primitive planet on the periphery of a highly advanced galactic civilization, whose ...

Atom Squad

Juvenile tv series (1953-1954). NBC-TV. Produced by Larry White and Adam Samish. Directed by Joe Behar. Written by Paul Monash. Cast includes Robert Courtleigh, Bob Hastings, Bram Nossen and Harrison Sheppard. 26 15-minute episodes. Black and white. / The Atom Squad is a top-secret organization protecting the USA from various threats involving radiation or nuclear energy, often as the result of sabotage or attacks from Communist spies, though Aliens are ...

Bilderdijk, Willem

(1756-1831) Dutch poet, dramatist, and author of nonfiction on many subjects. His one work of fiction was the novella Kort verhaal van eene aanmerklijke luchtreis, en nieuwe planeetontdekking (1813 chap anon; trans Paul Vincent as A Short Account of a Remarkable Aerial Voyage and Discovery of a New Planet 1987 chap), in which a Balloonist is cast away on a small satellite orbiting within the Earth's atmosphere. Its flora and fauna are ...

Glynn, A A

(1929-    ) UK author, a former commercial artist and long-time newspaper journalist, well known in British Fandom during the 1950s. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Perseus" for Futuristic Science Stories #7 in 1952; other SF Magazine stories followed, including two as by Anthony Martin. His sf novels – both routine Pulp ...

Skyrealms of Jorune

Role Playing Game (1985). SkyRealms Publishing. Designed by Andrew Leker, Miles Teves, Amy Leker. / SkyRealms of Jorune is a work of Science Fantasy, set on the eponymous planet in the distant future, long after it has been colonized by humanity. The tone is reminiscent of the Planetary Romances of Jack Vance, and also of the various ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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