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Llewellyn, Robert

(1956-    ) UK actor, comedian and author, perhaps best known for his role from 1989 to 2012 as the Android Kryten in the Television series Red Dwarf, for which he also wrote some scripts. He first came to notice within an sf context, however, with his play "Mammon, Robot Born of Woman" (performed Summer 1988, Edinburgh Festival), about a Robot whose ...

Chayefsky, Paddy

Working name of US playwright and author Sidney Aaron Chayefsky (1923-1981), most famous for his work as a Television dramatist; Marty (produced 1953) marks for many a culmination (and a sign of the passing) of the Golden Age of US television drama. The Tenth Man (first performed 1959; 1960) is a Dybbuk fantasy based on The Dybbuk (1920) by S Ansky (1863-1920). His sf novel, Altered States (1978) (see ...

Coville, Bruce

(1950-    ) US author of sf and fantasy, mostly the latter, almost exclusively juveniles. Of some sf interest are: Murder in Orbit (1987; vt Space Station ICE-3 1987); My Teacher Is an Alien (1989) and its sequels, My Teacher Fried My Brains (1991), My Teacher Glows in the Dark (1991), all three assembled as My Teacher Is an Alien: 3 Books in One (omni 1995), plus and ...

Agnew, Ewan

(1893-1930) UK politician and playwright who was in active service during World War One, and who may have been blackballed from The Reform Club by E M Forster, but seems otherwise unnoted. In his sf play, The Shingling of Jupiter: A Fantastic Play for Serious People in Three Acts (1924 chap), Major Smith, a Mysterious Stranger from the eponymous planet who is on a spying ...

Garnier, Charles-Georges-Thomas

(1746-1795) French barrister, translator and anthologist whose first work of significance seems to have been Cabinet des fées, ou collection de contes des fées et autre contes merveilleux ["The Fairy Cabinet, or Collection of Fairy Tales and Other Marvellous Tales"] (1785-1789 41 vols) with Charles J de Mayer (1751-1825). Of strong sf interest is his vast Anthology of (in the main) Fantastic Voyage ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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