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Laney, Francis T

(1914-1958) US fan, author, critic and Fanzine publisher whose publication of greatest genre significance was The Acolyte (14 issues 1942-1946), an Amateur Magazine centred on H P Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. A resulting spinoff was Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890-1937): A Tentative Bibliography (1943 chap) with Bill Evans. / Laney's fanzine Fan-Dango (25 issues 1943-1950; also known as Fan Dango or Fandango) was also highly regarded in Fandom, where however he is best remembered for ...

Dinosaurs [tv]

US tv series (1991-1994). Michael Jacobs Productions, Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Television (see Disney on Television). Created by Michael Jacobs and Bob Young. Directors include Bruce Bilson and Tom Trbovich. Writers include David Caplan, Tim Doyle, Brian LaPan and Rob Ulin. Voice cast includes Kevin Clash, Sam McMurray, Stuart Pankin, Sally Struthers, Jessica Walter and Jason Willinger. 65 23-minute episodes. Colour. / A family sitcom combining elements of the The Flintstones ...

Phineas and Ferb

US animated tv series (2007-2015). Disney Television Animation (see Disney on Television). Created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh. Directors include Robert F Hughes, Jay Lender, Zac Moncrief, Dan Povenmire and Sue Perrotto. Writers include Jon Colton Barry, Jim Bernstein, Antoine Guilbaud, Kaz, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Martin Olson, Scott D Peterson, Dan Povenmire, Kim Roberson and Aliki Theofilopoulos. Voice cast includes Dee Bradley Baker, Vincent Martella, Dan Povenmire, Caroline Rhea, ...

Hanmura Ryō

Pseudonym of Japanese sf author Heitarō Kinō (1933-2002), often also romanized as Ryō Hammura. A sometime cabaret bartender and advertising executive, he drifted into an authorial career with "Shōkaku" ["Harvest"] (March 1963 S-F Magazine), which won a consolation prize in a new authors competition run by the publisher Hayakawa Shobō. / Running throughout his oeuvre is a vigorous mistrust of authority and the establishment, particularly the collusion of big business ...

Satellite in the Sky

Film (1956). Tridelta Productions. Directed by Paul Dickson, produced by Edward J Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger. Written by John Mather, J T McIntosh and Edith Dell. Cast includes Brian Forbes, Thea Gregory, Jimmy Hanley, Lois Maxwell, Keiron Moore and Donald Wolfit. 85 minutes. Colour. / A routine Space Flight melodrama in which the first Spaceship sent into orbit with a captain (Moore) and full crew, plus a stowaway female reporter (Maxwell), has the typically Cold War mission of ...

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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