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My Favorite Martian

US tv series (1963-1966). A Jack Chertok Production for CBS. Produced/created Jack Chertok. Writers included John L Greene, Ben Gershman, Bill Freedman, Albert E Lewin, Burt Styler. Directors included Leslie Goodwins, Oscar Rudolph, John Erman. Three seasons, 107 25-minute episodes. First two seasons black and white, third colour. / This was a fairly sophisticated (compared to most television sitcoms of the time), humorous and commercially successful series about a Martian (Ray Walston) who ...

Cronin, Justin

(1962-    ) US author whose first two novels have no fantastic content, but whose ongoing series, The Passage sequence comprising The Passage (2010), The Twelve (2012) and The City of Mirrors (2016), presents a complexly plotted set of interweaving stories, beginning in the Near Future, mainly in an America savagely afflicted by Pollution and Ecological degradation; a sudden Pandemic, whose source is a South American bat, creates Vampire-like creatures who transform this ...

Starfleet Orion

Videogame (1978). Automated Simulations (AS). Designed by Jon Freeman, Jim Connelley. Platforms: PET (1978); AppleII, TRS80 (1979). / Starfleet Orion is the earliest known example of a science-fictional Computer Wargame which was sold commercially. The game, played by two participants in alternating turns, revolves around combat between small fleets of spacecraft; there is a marked resemblance to such board and counter Wargames as Triplanetary (1973) or the tactical variant of Starfire ...

Cannell, Stephen J

(1941-2010) US television producer, actor and scriptwriter, prolific in all these areas, much involved over the years in various manifestations of The Rockford Files; some of his work is horror. Of his fiction, mostly detective thrillers, Final Victim: A Novel (1996) is a noirish Near Future sf tale in which Cyberspace is inhabited by both a killer with a telegenic personality disorder, and by the team of protagonists – each with a special power – who hunt him down just in time. ...

Berna, Paul

Pseudonym of French author Jean-Marie-Edmond Sabran (1908-1994), prolific in various genres, who also wrote as Joël Audrenn, Bernard Deleuze and Paul Gerrard; of his many books for children as by Paul Berna, the most famous is the non-fantastic Le cheval sans tête (1955; trans John Buchanan-Brown as A Hundred Million Francs 1957). Of his several tales of sf interest, the Threshold of the Stars sequence – comprising La porte des ètoiles (1954; trans John Buchanan-Brown as ...

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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