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Lee, Stan

(1922-2018) US Comic-book writer, editor and executive, born Stanley Martin Leiber; his name was legally changed to Lee. Before World War Two he began to establish himself in the New York comics publishing world, in 1939 joining Timely Comics, Inc, the firm for which Jack Kirby invented Captain America in 1941. Lee remained with Timely – which soon became Atlas Comics, then Marvel Comics in 1963, without changing its corporate identity – for the whole of his career, serving as its ...

Ward, Dayton

(1967-    ) US soldier, software developer and author whose career in the latter capacity succeed his eleven years active service in the Marine Corps, most of his stories and books located in various regions of the Star Trek universe, beginning with his first story, "Reflections" in Strange New Worlds (anth 1998) edited by Paula M Block, John J Ordover and Dean Wesley Smith. Almost all of his subsequent career has been spent supplying Ties to various Star Trek series, ...

Blackden, Paul

(?   -    ) UK author of one sf novel, Adam and Eve 2020 A D (1974), set partly in Near Future Yorkshire, though both the destruction of London and New York are described; young Terry and Jackie survive into a very dangerous Post-Holocaust world but it looks as though they will make a go of it (see Adam and Eve). [JC]


1. UK tv series (1975-1977). BBC TV. by Terry Nation. Produced by Terence Dudley. Directed by Pennant Roberts, Terence Williams, Eric Hills. Written by Nation (seven episodes in season one), Roger Parkes, Jack Ronder, Martin Worth. Cast included John Abineri, Stephen Dudley, Lucy Fleming, Lorna Lewis, Denis Lill, Ian McCulloch, Tanya Ronder and many others. Three seasons; 38 50-minute episodes in all. Colour. / The Post-Holocaust novel is a particularly UK subgenre of sf, and so it is not ...

Ronald, Bruce W

(1931-    ) US author, advertising man and actor. His Our Man in Space (1965 dos) is a Space Opera a little reminiscent of Robert A Heinlein's Double Star (February-April 1956 Astounding; 1956) in its story of an actor unhappily spying on behalf of Earth. With John Jakes and Claire Strauch he wrote the musical comedy Dracula, Baby (1970); Jakes played Van Helsing in the premiere in Ohio. [PN]

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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