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Wimpfen, Sheldon

(1913-2003) US mining engineer and author whose sf novel, The Pringle Progression: Smaller/Fewer: a Novel (1998), describes a Near Future world devastated by Overpopulation as a young couple, a doctor and an engineer, attempt to discover a solution for the inability of Homo sapiens to stop breeding. The earlier Tin Peaks & Silver Streams (1995) is a memoir. [JC]

Spencer, Leonard G

Ziff-Davis House Name used at least twice by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett in collaboration, for the stories "The Beast With 7 Tails" (August 1956 Amazing) and "The Girl from Bodies, Inc." (October 1956 Fantastic). A third Spencer story, "The Man with the X-Ray Eyes" (February 1957 ...

Journey to the Center of the Earth

1. Film (1959). Twentieth Century Fox. Produced by Charles Brackett. Directed by Henry Levin. Written by Walter Reisch, Brackett, based on Voyage au centre de la terre (1864) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Diane Baker, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Thayer David, James Mason and Peter Ronson. 132 minutes. Colour. / A lively and literate screenplay (cowritten by producer Brackett, one of the Hollywood giants), vigorous if stereotyped ...

Waldrop, Howard

(1946-2024) US author, an important member of the Texas-based school of sf writers, much of whose early work was set in the American South. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Lunchbox" in Analog for May 1972, reportedly John W Campbell Jr's last (and perhaps least typical) discovery before he died with the tale still in manuscript. This was assembled with other early stories, some previously unpublished, as ...

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 ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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