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Sleep No More

Radio anthology series (1956-1957). NBC Radio Network. Producers included Kenneth MacGregor. Announcer: Ben Grauer. Cast includes Nelson Olmstead (1914-1992). 24 15-minute and later 30-minute episodes. / Authors who had stories adapted included Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe and others. Surviving sf episodes include "Conqueror's Isle" (June 1946 Blue Book) by Nelson S Bond, previously adapted for the radio series Escape (1947-1954); "Thus I Refute Beelzy" ...

Monroe, Keith

(1915-2003) US author best known for juvenile sf (and also much nonfiction) aimed at Boy Scouts. In the Time Machine series (1959-1989) – comprising 16 stories as by Donald Keith in collaboration with his father Donald Monroe (1888-1972) and seven by Monroe alone – an abandoned Time Machine enables adventures for the Scout patrol that finds it. As lifelong Scout leaders, the Monroes brought verisimilitude to their Scouting milieu. The luxurious Machine has spatial navigation as ...

Frewin, Anthony

(1947-    ) UK publisher and author, who also worked for five years as an assistant to the film director Stanley Kubrick. His One Hundred Years of Science Fiction Illustration: 1840-1940 (graph 1974) has a well-chosen selection of sf Illustrations, many – unusually – from the nineteenth century, with a full chapter on Albert Robida. [PN]

Spector, Warren

(1955-    ) US Game designer who has worked on both pen and paper and digital games. His first published design was the Role Playing Game Toon (1984), an amusing homage to classic US cartoons, written with Greg Costikyan and developed by Steve Jackson Games. Spector went on to help design various Board Games and RPGs, of which the most notable was perhaps Tactical Studies Rules' Buck Rogers XXVC (1990). He then moved into the Videogame industry at the end of the 1980s, ...

De Sélènes, Pierre

Pseudonym of French author A Bétolaud La Drable (?   -?   ), which means something like "of the Moon". Un Monde Inconnu: Deux Ans sur la Lune (1896; trans Brian Stableford as An Unknown World: Two Years on the Moon 2014), is an unauthorized sequel (see Sequels by Other Hands) to Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and its own sequel, Around the Moon (1870), featuring Verne's characters, the Gun Club, and a similar propulsion system. On the Moon, ...

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 publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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