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Jason of Star Command

US juvenile tv series (1978-1980). Filmation Associates for CBS-TV. Created, directed and produced by Arthur H Nadel. Associate producer: Joe Mazzuca. Writers include Don Heckman, Chuck Menville, Ted Pedersen and Samuel A Peeples. Cast includes Charlie Dell (Professor E J Parsafoot), Tamara Dobson (Samantha, second season only), James Doohan (first season only), Sid Haig, Craig Littler, Susan Pratt and John Russell (second season only). 28 episodes in total: 16 15-minute episodes in the first ...


US tv series (2007). Left Coast productions/20th Century Fox Television for NBC-TV. Created by Kevin Falls. Produced by Neal Ahern Jr. Directors included Andrew Bernstein, Leslie Linka Glatter, Frederick King Keller. Writers included Dana Calvo, Falls, Tracy McMillan, J R Orci. Cast includes Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond, Gretchen Egolf, Kevin McKidd and Charles Henry Wilson. 13 42-minute episodes. Colour. / In San Francisco, California, newspaper reporter Dan Vasser (McKidd) begins ...

Gay, J Drew

(1846-1890) UK journalist, politician, explorer and author in whose The Mystery of the Shroud: A Tale of Socialism (1887) a fog gives a socialist secret society the chance to conquer England in the Near Future, but the chance is muffed. [JC]

Day the Earth Stood Still, The

1. Film (1951). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Robert Wise. Written by Edmund H North, based on "Farewell to the Master" (October 1940 Astounding) by Harry Bates. Cast includes Sam Jaffe, Hugh Marlowe, Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie. 92 minutes. Black and white. / Produced at the beginning of the sf boom of the 1950s, this is generally regarded as a classic, though its ethics might be regarded as intemperate; it is, however, directed with pace and impressive economy. An emissary from ...

Perrault, Ernest G

(1922-2010) Canadian author and librettist who in prose concentrated on nonfiction regional studies of British Columbia, where he was born and died. Of his novels The Twelfth Mile (1972), about an Arctic disaster, is marginal; of direct sf interest is Spoil (1975), a Near Future tale in which drilling for oil in the Arctic causes a profound Ecological Disaster when a rig blows and crude oil flows into the ocean. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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