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Mann and Machine

US tv series (1992). Universal Television/Dick Wolf Films for NBC-TV. Executive Producer Dick Wolf. Directors included Allan Arkush, James A Conant, Brian Grant. Writers included Nancy Bond, Neil Cohen, Morgan Gendel, Larry Lalonde. Cast includes David Andrews, Yancy Butler and S Epatha Merkerson. Nine 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Brash policeman Detective Bobby Mann (Andrews) is assigned an experimental Android as his new partner: Sergeant Eve Edison (Butler), beautiful but rather naive. ...

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 described, and he finds the remains of an earlier castaway ...

Walters, Guy

(1971-    ) UK historian and author, much of whose work has focused on the years leading up to World War Two and on the war itself. Of sf interest is The Leader (2003), a Hitler Wins tale set in an early 1940s Britain ruled by Oswald Mosley (1896-1980); justice triumphs in the end. Similar scenarios were examined with somewhat greater care in Jo Walton's Small Changes trilogy (2006-2008) and D J Taylor's The Windsor Faction (2013). [JC]

Templeton, Charles

(1915-2001) Canadian newspaper editor, evangelist, broadcaster and author whose novels of sf interest were written long after he had lost his Christian faith. In Act of God (1977) the skeleton of Jesus of Nazareth is found, a discovery which disrupts the world's Christian Religions. A Near Future Utopia is falteringly created in World of One (1988), with evangelism exercising a malign influence. [JC]

Miller, Warren

(1921-1966) US author, who wrote romantic novels as by Amanda Vail, married to Jimmy Miller; he remains best known for his first Harlem novel, The Cool World (1959). Looking for the General (1964) is a combination of Fabulation and quest, and some of its devices belong to sf. Miller's sf novel proper, The Siege of Harlem (1964), is a Near-Future tale in which Harlem (northern Manhattan) (see New York) declares itself a separate state. His heavily-illustrated tales for younger children are ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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