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Warner Bros. Cartoons

A lengthy sequence of short (about seven minutes) animated cartoons produced for Warner Bros. Pictures between 1930 and 1969. Initially made by Harman and Ising studios; then by Leon Schlesinger Productions from 1933; bought by Warner Bros in 1944 and renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons; DePatie-Freleng Enterprises briefly took over in 1964; the name reverted to Warner Brothers Cartoon Studios in 1967. Issued as either Merrie Melodies or Looney Toons – the former initially being built around ...

Bouvé, Edward T

(1841-1920) US soldier, naturalist and author who served in the Union Army (1862-1865), retiring with the rank of Major; in his sf novel, Centuries Apart (1894), an American Civil War flotilla, driven far south, discovers a large Island in the verdant heart of Antarctica inhabited since around 1500 by an English Lost Race, for whom history has stopped short. The island itself is shaped like a squat British Isles, and is dominated by New London. The ruling monarchy, descended from Plantagenets ...

Bing, Stanley

Pseudonym of US television executive, humorous essayist and author Gil Schwartz (1951-2020), a columnist for Fortune magazine for many years following a decade at Esquire. His first novel, Lloyd: What Happened: A Novel of Business (1998), in which a world-transforming project is never actually described, shies just short of the fantastic. Bing is of sf interest for the Near Future Immortal Life: (A Soon to be True Story) (2017), whose antagonist, a Satirically-conceived mogul who controls much ...

Skinner, Ainslie

Pseudonym used by US-born crime author Paula Gosling (1939-    ), resident in the UK since the 1960s, for her sf novel Mind's Eye (1980; vt The Harrowing 1981), which convincingly (and often movingly) depicts the scientific testing of a girl possessed of ESP and the realization of the consequences of the fact that this power is transferable to others. [JGr/JC]

Serling, Carol

(1929-2020) US editor and Television producer, married to Rod Serling from 1948 until his death in 1975 and long associated with his enterprises, in particular The Twilight Zone (1959-1964). She edited Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader (anth 1987) with Martin H Greenberg and Charles G Waugh (see Rod Serling's Night Gallery). More important was her editorial involvement in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine (1981-1989). She also edited several Twilight Zone-based anthologies in the wake ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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