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Ramuz, C F

(1878-1947) Swiss actor and author, active from 1903, though his early fiction was doggedly realistic. It was only as a consequence of World War One, which affected him deeply, that he began to produce some sf and several metaphysical fantasies tinged with Allegory. The first of these prose-poem fictions is Le Règne de l'esprit malin (1917; trans James Whitall as The Reign of the Evil One 1922), in which the Devil comes to live in a country town, where he impersonates Christ or a ...


1. US letter-size Magazine, two issues, Spring and Summer 1976, published by Gambi Publications, New York; edited by Roger Elwood. Elwood's rapidly deteriorating reputation in the sf field was only further blemished by this weak, unattractive and ill-thought-through magazine. Despite a few headline names (not all accurately spelled) – Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven – the material was downbeat and unexceptional. Production was poor, and the covers by Frank Kelly Freas ...

Wise, Clement

(?   -?   ) UK author of a very mildly fictionalized Utopia, Darkness and Dawn (1884) anonymous, which argues for universal state ownership of all goods, on a Christian basis; the descriptions of working conditions in factories is powerful. [JC]

Davis, Harold A

(1903-1955) US author known mainly for his contributions to the Doc Savage universe, writing or collaborating under the series House Name Kenneth Robeson. [JC/DRL]


1. US animated tv series (1993-1998; vt Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs). Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation. Created by Tom Ruegger. Executive producer Steven Spielberg. Directors include Alfred Gimeno, Dave Marshall and Rusty Mills. Writers include Peter Hastings, Nicholas Hollander, Randy Rogel, Paul Rugg and Sherri Stoner. Voice cast includes Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen and Sherri Stoner. 99 21-minute episodes. Colour. / A sketch show mainly featuring ...

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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