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Hunter, Alan [2]

(1923-2012) UK artist who is best known for his intricately detailed black-and-white ink drawings. He also painted covers in the brightly coloured Pulp tradition for the first two issues of Nebula Science Fiction published in Autumn 1952 and Spring 1953, and was credited as this magazine's art consultant. Numerous early drawings in his more typical manner appeared as interior art in Nebula and New Worlds through the 1950s. A rare professional fiction appearance was "The Piper" ([September] 1953 ...

Schenck, Hilbert

(1926-2013) US engineer, university lecturer and author who published his first sf story, "Tomorrow's Weather" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1953, long before he became seriously (though briefly) involved in fiction; much of his nonfiction of the 1950s and 1960s dealt lovingly with the ocean and with oceanological research and exploration technologies. His first two novels are both set in the ocean-girt Cape Cod region of New England, followed suit; they share a ...

O'Neill, Louise

(1985-    ) Irish journalist and author whose first novel, the Near Future Young Adult Dystopia Only Ever Yours (2014), posits a world where women are raised as breeders, selected for their physical beauty and decorousness when addressed by males, as concubines, or "chastities" (which is to say teachers of young females) (see Feminism; Women in SF). The intense interactions of teenage girls awaiting their fate are at points reminiscent of those depicted in Kazuo Ishiguro's ...

Raspe, Rudolf Erich

(1737-1794) German-born propagandist, amateur geologist, cataloguer, flim-flam artist, translator and author, in the UK from 1775. His career was harum-scarum; though he edited the posthumous papers of Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) as Oeuvres philosophiques latines et francoises de feu Mr de Leibniz (1765), and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1769, he was more than once in deep financial trouble (the Royal Society ejected him in 1775) and narrowly escaped imprisonment. One of his ...

Gotham Girls

Animated webcast/home video series (2000-2002). DC Comics/Noodle Soup Productions/Warner Brothers Animation. Produced by Alan Bruckner. Directors unknown. Writers: Hilary J Bader and Paul Dini. Cast includes Adrienne Barbeau, Jennifer Hale, Bob Hastings, Diane Pershing, Stacie Randall, Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong. 30 episodes of varying length, average 3 to 5 minutes. Colour. / This series was a spinoff from The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1992-1995), although neither of those ...

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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