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Moonbase 3

UK tv serial (1973). BBC TV. Produced by Barry Letts. Script edited by Terrance Dicks. Scriptwriters Dicks and Letts (first episode), and John Brason, John Lucarotti, Arden Winch. Directors Ken Hannam, Christopher Barry. Scientific advisor James Burke, a well known presenter of television popular-science programmes. Cast includes Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Donald Houston and Barry Lowe. Six 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Set on an enclosed European Moon base in 2003 CE (other nations had set ...

Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories

US Pulp magazine, two issues, April/May and June/July 1931, published by Good Story Magazine, New York, one of the new companies set up by Harold Hersey, previously editor of Thrill Book. The magazine was edited by Douglas M Dold, who had been blinded in the First World War, so effectively worked in collaboration with his brother, the artist Elliott Dold. The magazine featured undistinguished pulp adventure fiction by both Douglas and Elliott Dold, Victor Rousseau and the little-known John ...

Book of the New Sun, The

Major sf work with a Far-Future, Dying Earth setting by Gene Wolfe (whom see for fuller discussion). The Book of the New Sun (1980-1983 4vols) was followed by the nonfiction commentary The Castle of the Otter: A Book About The Book of the New Sun (coll 1983), the direct sequel The Urth of the New Sun (1987), several shorter tales and two further series: the only loosely linked tetralogy The Book of the Long Sun (1993-1996) and its sequel trilogy The Book of the Short Sun (1991-2001), which ...

Huddy, Delia

(1934-2005) UK author of some books for younger children, and for Young Adult readers the Tom Humboldt sequence comprising Time Piper (1976) and The Humboldt Effect (1982), adventures involving various characters in complications created through Humboldt's Invention of a Time Machine. In Time Piper a young girl must partake in a ritual in the thirteenth century Britain before she can love in the twentieth; in The Humboldt Effect (1982), the time machine, on duty in a submarine in the ...

Hunter, Megan

(1984-    ) UK poet and author whose first novel, The End We Start From (2017), sets an intimate story involving childbirth and childcare in straitened circumstances against an increasingly intrusive Near Future backdrop. The protagonist mother's waters breaking, and the rapid flooding of London as systems collapse due to Climate Change, are metaphorically joined with some efficiency. The young mother eventually escapes through a post-Cosy Catastrophe landscape to a Scottish ...

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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