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US tv series (1979). Dan Curtis Productions/National Broadcasting Company for NBC-TV. Created by Earl W Wallace and Donald E Westlake. Produced by Rod Amateau. Directors included Amateau, Cliff Bole, Barry Crane. Writers included Stephen Kandel, Brad Radnitz, Westlake. Cast includes Robert Alda, Edward Andrews, Harrison Page and Nita Talbot. One two-hour pilot film plus seven 60-minute episodes. Colour. / The Supertrain is a nuclear-powered bullet train (see Transportation) so large that it ...

Cline, C Terry, Jr

(1935-    ) US author, most of whose work combines thriller and Horror in SF modes; he has published three borderline-sf novels – Damon (1975), about Mutant superchildren, Death Knell (1977), which deals interestingly with Reincarnation, and Cross Current (1979) – and one sf tale, Mindreader (1981), whose protagonist, while in hiding, unremarkably uses ESP to save the rest of us. [JC]

Olson, John B

(?   -    ) US author of the Oxygen sequence of sf novels with Randall Ingermanson, who see for details. [JC]


Film (2010; vt Clone). Razor Film presents in association with Arte France Cinéma and ZDF in cooperation with Arte, ASAP Films, Boje Buck Production and Inforg Studio a film supported by the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderungsanstalt, Eurimages, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Media i2i Audiovisual, with development supported by the Media Programme of the European Community, ...

Cooper, Parley J

(1937-    ) US author in various genres under various names, with an emphasis on horror. Of sf interest is The Feminists (1971) (see Feminism), which describes a Dystopian state in which women have made slaves of men, who duly revolt. [JC]

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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