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Ottum, Bob

(1925-1986) US sports author and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "She Called Me Frankie" for Science Fiction Quarterly in May 1953. In his surprisingly funny sf novel, All Right, Everybody Off the Planet (1972), inefficient Aliens send a spy among us in human form; the humour derives from their ignorance of human relationships and from their attempts to stage-manage an impressive First Contact. A similar notion – with the sexes reversed – was much later used, ...

Muir, John Kenneth

(1969-    ) US author, almost exclusively of nonfiction studies and encyclopedias, with an emphasis on Television, beginning with his first book, Exploring Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series (1997). Other titles of interest include An Annotated Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica (1999); A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television (1999; exp 2007); Terror Television: American Series 1970-1999 (2001) ...

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger

American tv series (1954). Syndicated. Produced by Roland D Reed, directed by Hollingsworth Morse. Written by Fritz Blocki, Carl K Hittleman, Arthur Hoerl, Marianne Mosner, and Warren Wilson. Cast includes Scotty Beckett, Maurice Cass, Richard Crane, Robert Lyden, Jimmy Lydon, Sally Mansfield, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons and Reginald Sheffield. 39 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Rocky Jones (Crane), commander of the Spaceship the Orbit Jet, leads a crew usually consisting of his ...

Borderlands

Australian Small Press magazine of Speculative Fiction, which included not only fantasy and horror but also Slipstream SF, published and edited in Perth, Western Australia, by a consortium that included Stephen Dedman, Simon Oxwell and Anna Hepworth. It made small token payments for fiction. Its name was derived from a small Convention held in Perth in 2001 which had seen the release of an anthology Borderlands: The World Within (anth 2001 chap) edited by Anna Hepworth, Simon Oxwell and Grant ...

Florakis, Diamandis

(1935-    ) Greek author who has written at least ten sf novels since his first, Epistotē sto mellon (1973; trans anon as Return to the Future: A Transcendental Novel 1981), which initiates his eleven-volume Eschatological Un-Reality/Existential Anarchy, a series whose individual volumes share a sharp Satirical take, a conceptual adventurousness reminiscent of the work of European sf writers like Yevgeny Zamiatin or Stanisław Lem, and a habit of manipulating topoi ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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