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Fantastic Worlds

1. US Amateur Magazine which saw eight issues from Summer 1952 to Fall 1955, published and edited by Edward W Ludwig for the first two issues and then taken over by Sam Sackett. It ran mostly fan-written articles but included some short fiction and other essays of interest such as "The Arkham House Story" (Summer 1952) by August Derleth, "Lovers and Otherwise" (Spring 1953) by Philip José Farmer and one of the earliest pieces by Robert Silverberg, "Some Words About Fantastic" ...

Close Enough

US animated tv series (2020-current). Cartoon Network Studios, Studio T. Created by J G Quintel. Directed by J G Quintel, Sean Szeles and Calvin Wong. Writers include Chris Kula, Minty Lewis, Matt Price, Marlena Rodriguez and Deepak Sethi. Voice cast includes Jessica DiCicco, Kimiko Glenn, Jason Mantzoukas, J G Quintel and Gabrielle Walsh. Sixteen 23-minute episodes to date (usually split into two stories). Colour. / Husband and wife Josh Singleton (Quintel) and Emily Ramirez (Walsh) ...

2001: A Space Odyssey

1. Film (1968). Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Written by Kubrick, Arthur C Clarke, based very loosely on Clarke's "The Sentinel" (Spring 1951 10 Story Fantasy as "Sentinel of Eternity"; vt in Expedition to Earth, coll 1953). Cast includes Keir Dullea, Leonard Rossiter, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain and William Sylvester. 141 minutes, cut from 160 minutes. Colour. Originally in Cinerama. / This was the most ambitious sf film of the 1960s and perhaps ever. Kubrick's unique ...

Lange, Sue

(?   -    ) US musician and author, whose Tritcheon Hash (2003) is a somewhat gonzo Satire of the modern world, featuring a female Starship pilot from a world called Coney Island to which all the women of Earth had emigrated en masse (see Feminism). We, Robots (2007 chap) is set just before the Singularity, when humans decide their Robots must be given an awareness of the emotional cost of living so they will not abandon us; the tale of subsequent events is ...

Walters, John Cuming

(1863-1933) UK editor, journalist and author, some of his copious nonfiction being devoted to the life and work of Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). Some of the spoofs in Sneape's Spirit and Other Fantasies and Stories (coll 1901) are of mild sf interest; The Great Victorian Imposture (1905 chap) is a Satire on Ignatius Donnelly. [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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