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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 ...

Irwin, Robert

(1946-    ) UK academic and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: the dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing through a Portal into a deeper dream [for Arabian Nightmare and Portal see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. ...

Browne, Peter Francis

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf novel, Land's End (1981), presents a Dystopian vision of a Near Future Britain conveyed through the experiences of a schoolteacher caught up in a world of unremitting savagery. [JC]

Greenberger, Robert

(1958-    ) US editor and author of a number of Star Trek Ties. Most of his work fits into the Star Trek: The Next Generation sub-universe, beginning with Star Trek, The Next Generation: Doomsday World (1990) with Carmen Carter, Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman; Star Trek, The Next Generation: A Time to Love (2004) was as Bob Greenberger. The Disinherited (1992) with Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman is tied to the original Star Trek sequence. In the Star Trek: Deep ...

Vopěnka, Martin

(1963-    ) Czech publisher and author, active from about 1989, whose Pátý Rozmeř (2009; trans Hana Sklenkova as The Fifth Dimension 2015) is an example of Fantastika whose incorporation of sf elements achieves a bleakly deliberated abstractness that removes the text very far from Genre SF, or indeed from the tale of political/cultural Paranoia it seems to channel. In a more or less contemporary land (similar to the Czech Republic), the protagonist finds ...

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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