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Nicholas, John

(?   -    ) UK author of a book-length Near Future sf poem, Saturnalia in the Suburbs: A Comic Poem (1940 chap), set in 1988 after a mysterious impulse – ordained by the gods, impatient with the tediousness of British life – causes everyone to wander about the countryside naked, abandoning London to a vast conflagration. The mildness of the Satire, and the ease with which the author burns London to the ground, may be explained by the tale's ...

Gotham Girls

Animated webcast/home video series (2000-2002). DC Comics/Noodle Soup Productions/Warner Brothers Animation. Produced by Alan Bruckner. Directors unknown. Writers: Hilary J Bader and Paul Dini. Cast includes Adrienne Barbeau, Jennifer Hale, Bob Hastings, Diane Pershing, Stacie Randall, Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong. 30 episodes of varying length, average 3 to 5 minutes. Colour. / This series was a spinoff from The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1992-1995), although neither of those ...

Man with Two Brains, The

Film (1983). Aspen Film Society. Directed by Carl Reiner. Written by Reiner, Steve Martin, George Gipe. Cast includes Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner and David Warner. 93 minutes, cut to 86 minutes. Colour. / Pastiche is the essence of most Steve Martin comedies; his self-indulgent acting style becomes rapidly tiresome when his performances are not focused by a good director, but Reiner is good, and this is a genuinely funny film spoofing the disembodied-brain Gothic tradition of Donovan's ...

Hicks, Clifford B

(1920-2010) US author of novels, almost exclusively for children, including the Alvin Fernald series for younger readers; of sf interest is First Boy on the Moon (1959), whose two protagonists (with their frog) go to the Moon, inspiringly. [JC]

Powers, Richard M

(1921-1996) US illustrator who on occasion worked also as Richard Powers, Dick Powers, Powers Laz/Org, Richard Powers Laz/Org, R M Powers, or just plain Powers. He studied art at the Mitzen Academy of the Chicago Art Institute (1939) and at the University of Illinois in Chicago (1940), then at the University of Kentucky while undergoing basic training for the US Army. After the end of World War Two he became seriously engaged in both writing and painting: "At the end of the war my father seems ...

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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