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Alfred Hitchcock Presents

US tv series (1955-1965). Shamley Productions for Revue Studios, Universal Television. Executive producer: Alfred Hitchcock. Producers were Joan Harrison and Norman Lloyd. Directors included Hitchcock, Robert Stevens, Paul Henreid, Herschel Daugherty, Norman Lloyd, Arthur Hiller, Alan Crosland Jr, James Neilson and Jus Addiss. Writers included Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, John Collier and Stirling Silliphant. 361 episodes; 268 of 25 minutes ...

Protheroe, Cyril

(1899-1964) UK aeronautical engineer and engineer's instructor who was the son of the prolific children's author Ernest Protheroe (1865-1929) and reportedly published more than one short sf novel. The only confirmed example is Beyond These Suns (1952), for Curtis Warren under that publisher's House Name Rand Le Page. In this routine Space Flight tale, a crew of astronauts visits and explores the Moon. Scientific Errors include the equipping of space helmets with shutters which can be opened ...

McConnell, Ashley

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of Ties, though her first novel, Unearthed (1992), is supernatural horror; she has also written fantasy. She is probably best known for her Ties to two Television series: Quantum Leap (1989-1993), beginning with Quantum Leap: The Novel (1992; vt Quantum Leap: Carny Knowledge 1993), and Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007), beginning with Stargate SG-1 (1998). Among her other tied novels are Highlander: Scimitar (1996) and Buffy the Vampire ...

Birdsong, Keith

(1959-2019) American artist of Native American (Muscogee Creek-Cherokee) descent who entered the field of sf Illustration in the late 1980s after serving in the United States Army and working as a journalist. After initially doing covers for juvenile sf novels published by Ballantine Books, he came to specialize in painting covers for numerous Star Trek novels, with occasional covers for other books. His typical covers, unsurprisingly, foreground realistic portraits of popular Star Trek ...

Kloor, Mary Conway

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel is My Beloved Troshanus (1963), a romantic love story which deals with Sex and Gender issues through a strong female lead character. [JC/DRL]

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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