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Brooks, Walter R

(1886-1958) US journalist and author, active from 1915, publishing at least 200 stories by 1944, and including a nonfiction stint with the New Yorker 1932-1933. His most obvious success during these years was the Mr Ed sequence of twenty-three tales about a talking horse and his drunken owner, beginning with "The Talking Horse" (18 September 1937 Liberty), some of them assembled as The Original Mr Ed (coll 1963); the Television series Mister Ed (1961-1966) was based on this work. Beyond some ...

Cochrane, William E

(1926-1993) US author who began publishing sf with "How High on the Ladder?" for Fantasy Book #7 in 1950, writing as Leo Paige. As S Kye Boult from 1971 – a name inspired by his work for Douglas Aircraft on the Skybolt air-to-air missile – and also under his own name from 1973, he began to publish in Analog the hard-edged sf adventures, like "Whalekiller Grey" (October 1973 Analog), for which he became better known. Class Six Climb (1980), told from the viewpoint of a giant ...

Amazing World of Gumball, The

US/UK animated tv series (pilot 2008; 2011-2019). Cartoon Network Studios Europe. Created by Ben Bocquelet. Executive producers: Ben Bocquelet, Michael Carrington, Sarah Fell, Patricia Hidalgo and Daniel Lennard. Directors include Mic Graves. Writers include Ben Bocquelet, Joe Parham and Tobi Wilson. Voice cast includes Kwesi Boakye, Steve Furst, Nicolas Cant, Teresa Gallagher, Logan Grove, Donielle T Hansley Jr, Hugo Harrison, Jacob Hopkins, Kyla Rae Kowalewski, Lewis Macleod, Terrell Ransom ...

Wheeler, Scott

Nickname and working name of Donald Wheeler (1937-2016), US author whose Matters of Form (1987) depicts the long campaign of a group of Aliens, stranded on Earth in the twentieth century, to Uplift human civilization to a level at which interstellar Space Flight is possible. Later sections of the book, introducing a second (and evil) alien race, are less effective. [JC]

Sykes, S C

(1943-2005) US author of a tie in the U.S.S.A. sequence, U.S.S.A., Book 3 (1987), in which high-school students continue to oppose Near-Future totalitarian oppression. Red Genesis (1991), #1 in the Byron Preiss Visual Productions line of otherwise unconnected novels whose sequence title is The Next Wave, deals with the colonization of Mars. [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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