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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 ...

Fantastic Science Fiction

US letter-size magazine, edited by Walter B Gibson, the prolific pulp writer and creator of The Shadow (see The Shadow). Only two issues appeared, #1 (August 1952) published by Super Science Fiction Publications, #2 (December 1952) by Capitol Stories, both subsidiaries of Charlton Publications, Connecticut. / This inferior magazine, whose stories featured formulaic, simplistic and chauvinistic adventure, should not be confused with Fantastic, also begun in 1952, which for April ...

Adventures of Batman and Robin, The

US syndicated tv series (1992-1995; originally titled Batman: The Animated Series). Warner Bros. Produced by Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski and Bruce W Timm. Executive producers: Jean MacCurdy and Tom Ruegger. Directed by Kevin Altieri and many others. Based on the Comic-book characters created by Bob Kane. Writers include Paul Dini, Diane Duane, Joe R Lansdale, Peter Morwood, Steve Perry, Michael Reaves, Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Judith Reeves-Stevens, Randy Rogel, Brynne Stephens, Len Wein and ...

Dunyach, Jean-Claude

(1957-    ) French mathematician, aeronautical engineer and author, active from the early 1980s, his short stories being published in several volumes, beginning with Autoportrait ["Self-Portrait"] (coll 1986). Two volumes of translated tales have appeared. The Night Orchid: Conan Doyle in Toulouse (coll trans various 2004) may be initially most remarkable for its range, from Hard SF to Fabulations, but a lucid intensity of rendering marks most of his work, including ...

Tanner, Charles R

(1896-1974) US clerk, salesman and author best known for his series featuring Tumithak, which began with "Tumithak of the Corridors" (January 1932 Amazing). Set in the fifty-third century, two millennia after Earth has been invaded by the shelks from Venus and mankind has been driven underground into a maze of deep tunnels. In that period humans have forgotten most of their previous advanced science. Tumithak, a young man, determines to venture to the surface and kill a shelk, and en route ...

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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