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Patneaude, David

(1944-    ) US author of Young Adult tales, whose Dark Starry Morning: Stories of This World and Beyond (coll 1996) contains both fantasy and sf; Epitaph Road (2010), set in the distant Near Future – sometime after a Pandemic in 2067 has eliminated almost all males (see Disaster) – interestingly explores Gender issues through the description of the world subsequent to this subtraction: low crime, empty prisons, rational concern for the environment. But the plague ...

Afford, Malcolm R

(1906-1954) Australian playwright, scriptwriter and author whose novels are adventure thrillers without fantastic content. His only known sf story, "The Gland Men of the Island" (January 1931 Wonder Stories; vt "The Ho-Ming Gland" February 1933 Amazing), is a Yellow Peril tale set on a Pacific Island, where a Mad Scientist is creating Apes as Human monsters. [JC] see also: T O'Conor Sloane. /

Battle of the Planets

Animated tv series (1978-1980). Sandy Frank Entertainment. Syndicated. Produced by Alan Dinehart, David E Hanson. Directors included Dinehart and Hanson. Writers included Peter Germano, Howard Post and Harry Winkler among many others. Animation designers included Alex Toth (see Space Ghost). Cast includes Casey Casem, Alan Oppenheimer, Ronnie Schell, Janet Waldo and Alan Young. 85 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Some time in the future, a group of Superheroes called G-Force – led by ...


British Fanzine, 15 issues from 1970 to 1978, edited from Newcastle-upon-Tyne by Ian Williams (#1-#2, Autumn 1970-April 1971), Ian Maule (#3-#6, April 1972-September 1974), and Rob Jackson (#7-#15, February 1975-June 1978). Duplicated on UK quarto paper #1-#8, lithographed A4 thereafter. / Under its third and final editor Rob Jackson, a doctor, Maya became one of Britain's leading sf fanzines, attractively produced, circulated worldwide and containing a variety of material on sf and Fandom. ...

Wold, Allen L

(1943-    ) US author whose first novel, The Planet Masters (1979), is set on a strangely ornate and enervated colony planet, where a human adventurer is searching for an artefact whose discovery may expose the secret behind the world's palpable Decadence; Star God (1980) describes a man's search for Religion in a Space Opera environment. The Richard Braeth sequence, comprising Jewels of the Dragon (1986), Crown of the Serpent (1989) and The Lair of the Cyclops (1992), ...

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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