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Photo Fiends

US review-size Cinema/Television Fanzine. Publisher: Tim Paxton as Kronos Productions. No editor named. Three numbered, undated issues, 1978. / This short-lived fanzine, of better quality than many such publications, offered material on such television programmes as The Outer Limits (1963-1965) and Space: 1999 (1975-1977); film covered included Kronos (1957). Also featured were interviews, one being with visual effects artist and Monster costume designer Paul Blaisdell. As the title ...

Meier, Paul

(1945-    ) US psychiatrist, "father of the Christian Psychology movement", and author whose novels – the Millennium sequence including The Third Millennium (1993); plus The Fourth Millennium (1996) and Beyond the Millennium (2008), both with Robert L Wise – mix fantasy and sf together, or rather re-interpret sf tropes in Christian terms, so that although the Apocalypse and the End of the World may initially seem to wear an sf face, the actual outcomes are ...

Hunter, Evan

One of the first pseudonyms and from 1952 the adopted legal name of US author born Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926-2005), who ultimately became better known as Ed McBain, under which byline he wrote at least over fifty laconic police procedurals as well as some action-detections in the John D MacDonald mould. All in all, Hunter/McBain published about 150 books. As Hunter he is most famous for novels like The Blackboard Jungle (1954) and Strangers When We Meet (1958); his later career had little ...

Scott, Ridley

(1937-    ) UK film-maker who has worked mostly in the USA. He began his career as a set designer for the BBC, including work on the adaptation of John Brunner's "Some Lapse of Time" (June-July 1963 Science Fantasy) for the first season of Out of the Unknown (1965). After making a name directing a series of stylish, inventive television commercials, Scott made his feature debut with The Duellists (1977), a period film adapted from a story by Joseph Conrad. He then went on to ...

Man with the Power, The

Made-for-tv film (1977). Universal Television for NBC-TV. Produced by Allan Baltar and Rod Holcombe. Directed by Nicholas Sgarro. Written by Baltar. Cast includes Persis Khambatta, Bob Neil and Tim O'Connor. 93 minutes. Colour. / US government agent Walter Bloom (O'Connor) recruits Eric Smith (Neil) to help foil an assassination plot against the visiting Indian princess Siri (Khambatta). Smith's father, it is revealed, was actually an Alien from an unidentified planet, making Smith a hybrid ...

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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