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Immortal, The

US tv series (1969-1971). Paramount/ABC TV. Concept based on the novel The Immortals (fixup 1962) by James E Gunn. Executive producer Tony Wilson. Produced by Lou Morheim. Directors included Joseph Sargent (pilot), Mike Caffey. Writers included Robert Specht, Stephen Kandel, Dan Ullman. Cast includes David Brian, Christopher George, Don Knight, Carol Lynley and Barry Sullivan. 75-minute pilot, followed by 15 50-minute episodes. Colour. / In the 1969 pilot Ben Richards (George) is discovered ...

West, Nathanael

Pseudonym of US screenwriter and author Nathan Weinstein (1903-1940), perhaps best known for the non-fantastic Miss Lonelyhearts (1933), active from the early 1920s. He adapted his mother's maiden name on at least one occasion to sign himself Nathan von Wallenstein Weinsten (he added the "von"), but his first novel, The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1931 chap), was signed Nathanael West, as was everything he wrote from this point. Balso Snell, much indebted to 1920s Surrealism (West had spent two ...

Holt, Robert Lawrence

(1939-    ) US author of Technothrillers whose Good Friday (1987), set in the Near Future, describes the Soviet invasion of Saudi Arabian oilfields on the sacred day of the title; in Peacemaker (1991) with Frank R Holt, an AI goes mental, almost causing a Star Wars Disaster. [JC]

Hadley Publishing Company

US specialist Small Press, 1947-1948, based in Providence, Rhode Island, owned by Thomas P Hadley. It grew out of (or was a renaming of) Buffalo Book Co, under which name it published The Time Stream (December 1931-March 1932 Wonder Stories; 1946) by John Taine and The Skylark of Space (August-October 1928 Amazing; 1946) by E E "Doc" Smith. A very short-lived company, Hadley was notable for publishing John W Campbell Jr's first book, The Mightiest Machine (December 1934-April 1935 Astounding; ...

Clyne, Ronald

(1925-2006) American artist and book designer, sometimes credited in error as Robert Clyne. As a young sf fan in Chicago, Clyne began his career by contributing artwork to some regional fanzines as well as interior illustrations and cartoons to Ray Palmer's magazines Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures. After sending a sample of his work to August Derleth, he was hired to do book covers for Arkham House. His early efforts were usually monochromatic drawings which sometimes seemed inspired ...

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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