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My Life as a Teenage Robot

US animated tv series (2003-2007). Frederator Studios. Created by Rob Renzetti. Directors include Randy Myers, Rob Renzetti, Chris Sauve and Tim Walker. Writers include John Fountain, Heather Martinez, Brandon Kruse and Bernie Petterson. Voice cast includes Thora Birch, Chad Doreck, Eartha Kitt, Quinton Flynn, Janice Kawaye, Candi Milo, Cree Summer and Audrey Wasilewski. 75 eleven-minute (excepting three double-length) episodes. Colour. / Sometime in the future, elderly Scientist Dr. Nora ...

Spencer, William Browning

(1946-    ) US author whose first novel, Maybe I'll Call Anna (1990), edges towards but does not embrace the fantastic as its protagonist's obsession with the disturbed eponym of the tale is elaborated in twists of plot and implication that are inherently non-realistic. A play between metaphor and the literal marks, and at points lessens the impact of his second novel, Résumé with Monsters (1994), which shuttles between "simple" horror and Horror in SF, as H P ...

Andre-Driussi, Michael

(1962-    ) US scholar and author best known for his elucidative bibliographical, lexicographical and archaeological investigations into the decipherment of the more difficult texts of Gene Wolfe. His illuminating guide to Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun sequence in Lexicon Urthus: A Dictionary for the Urth Cycle (1994; exp 2008) – see Checklist below for ancillary pamphlets later integrated into the 2008 edition – substrates any speculation about that work's ...

Brin, David

(1950-    ) US author with advanced degrees in engineering and physics, who began publishing sf with his first novel, Sundiver (1980), which is also the first volume in the ongoing Uplift sequence (see Uplift), for which he remains best known: it continued with Startide Rising (1983; rev 1985) and The Uplift War (1987), the two being assembled as Earthclan (omni 1987); a further integrated sequence, the Uplift Storm Trilogy, includes Brightness Reef (1995), Infinity's Shore ...

Lawrence, W H C

(?   -?   ) Canadian author of a Future War tale, The Story of '92: A Grandfather's Tale, Told in 1932 (1889), in which an attempted Invasion of Canada by the United States ends in the former's favour (which is to say Canada survives). The tone of the tale – the first fictional account of an American invasion of Canada – is surprisingly jingoistic. [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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