Duka, Ivo

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Joint pseudonym of émigré Czech authors Ivo Ducháček (1913-1988) – in the Czech Diplomatic Service in exile during World War Two; later an academic – and his wife Helena Koldová (1928-1997), a photographer and video artist. After a short post-war parliamentary career in Czechoslovakia, Ducháček moved to the US after the Communist takeover in 1948. Ducháček was in charge of the Czech broadcasting department of the Voice of America in the early 1950s; his "Sunday Notebook" – broadcast between 1950 and 1998; the 1990th number aired after his death – were issued under the name Martin Čermák. Their sf novel for children, written in English before their marriage, is Martin and his Friend from Outer Space (1955 chap), about a boy who gains radio contact with a girl Alien from Saturn; she pays a visit. [PN/JC]

see also: Czech and Slovak SF.

Ivo Maria Rudolf Ducháček

born Prostejov, Austria-Hungary [afterwards Czechoslovakia]: 27 February 1913

died Kent, Connecticut: March 1988

Helena Koldová

born 16 November 1928

died Kent, Connecticut: 4 September 1997

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