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Martin Woodhouse obituary

5 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Inventor, novelist and screenwriter for The Avengers and Supercar

Martin Woodhouse, who has died aged 78, had what he called "a grasshopper mind" which led him to leap from one interest to another. Trained as a doctor, he qualified but was not registered and never practised; instead, he began exploring the concept of artificial intelligence and created a logic machine at Cambridge. Another change in direction followed his service with the Raf, when he became a television screenwriter, penning episodes of the puppet show Supercar and The Avengers, among others.

After writing a number of tongue-in-cheek thrillers shot through with action, cynicism and humour, Woodhouse combined many of his interests (electronics, computers, writing) in creating the first e-books. His programme, Illumination, developed in 1987-88, was capable of "publishing" full-length novels, with both text and graphics, on a 3.5in floppy disc. Between 1992 and 1995, Illumination Publishing produced some 20 e-books, from volumes of poetry and children's short stories, »

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