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Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest

Animated made-for-tv film (1997; vt Batman/Superman Adventures: World's Finest). Warner Brothers Animation for Warner Brothers Television. Produced by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Bruce W Timm. Directed by Toshihiko Masuda. Written by Burnett, Dini, Stan Berkowitz, Rich Fogel and Steve Gerber. Cast includes Clancy Brown, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Lisa Edelstein, Mark Hamill and Arleen Sorkin. 64 minutes. Colour. / The Joker (Hamill) and his girlfriend Dr Harleen Quinzel/Harley ...

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Film (1969). Hammer/Warner. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Guest, from story by J G Ballard. Cast includes Patrick Allen, Robin Hawdon and Victoria Vetri. 100 minutes. Colour. / This was originally written by J G Ballard, but director Guest got to the script and eliminated anything expensive, original or intellectual. Still a bit livelier than most Prehistoric SF romances, this is one of a series of them made by Hammer, the first being One Million Years B.C. (1966). The usual story: ...

Huntington, Charles

(?   -    ) US author, possibly a pseudonym, of the Space Probe 6 sequence of unremarkable Space Opera adventures comprising The Soul Stealers (1973) and Nightmare on Vega 3 (1973) [JC]

Younghusband, Francis

(1863-1942) UK soldier, explorer, journalist and author, now notorious (though praised at the time) for his almost certainly unauthorized invasion of Tibet in 1903-1904 (see Imperialism), in which it is estimated (perhaps exaggeratedly) that up to a thousand Tibetan monks were killed for each British soldier who died; too old for active combat in World War One, he helped form a ginger group advocating its ruthless continuation. Younghusband later became a spiritualist, an influence on Lord ...

Wells, Ankaret

Unidentified pseudonym of the author (?   -    ) of the Requite sequence comprising The Maker's Mask (2010) and The Hawkwood War (2010), set in the Planetary Romance venue of a planet colonized many centuries earlier (see Colonization of Other Worlds), in which ancient Starships have become Keeps known as Spires. The upper classes use ill-understood Computers and Genetic Engineering to maintain their power; revolution, and romance, brew. A third tale, Heavy ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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