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Trimble, Bjo

Esperanto-based "fan name" of Betty JoAnne Conway Trimble (1933-    ), used for all her written work. She was long active in Fandom since attending the 1952 Worldcon; she worked on various Los Angeles SF Society Fanzines including De Profundis and Shangri L'Affaires, organized Convention masquerades and in 1960 established the convention Art Show in its modern form. She was an occasional contributor to Locus. As an artist signing herself Bjo, she published black-and-white ...

Dan, Uri

(1937-2006) Israeli photographer, journalist and author, long identified as an advocate of Ariel Sharon's understanding of the Middle East nightmare; his Ultimatum: Pu 94 (1977) with Peter Mann is a Technothriller set in his home territories. [JC]

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista

(1720-1778) Italian architectural designer, builder and artist, in Rome from 1740, where he became best-known for two series of etchings, the views mostly of Rome and generally referred to as the Vedute ["Views"] or "capriccios" [ie fantasies] and the imaginary prisons generally referred to as the Carceri ["Prisons"], published and distributed variously, at points confusingly. The first twelve etchings in Prima Parte di Architetture, e Prospettive inventate ["Part One of Architecture and ...

Wander over Yonder

US animated tv series (2013-2016). Disney Television Animation (see Disney on Television). Created by Craig McCracken. Directors include Dave Thomas and Eddie Trigueros. Writers include Francisco Angones, Robin Budd, Amy Higgins, Ben Joseph and Craig McCracken. Voice cast includes Jack McBrayer, Keith Ferguson, Tom Kenny, Noël Wells and April Winchell. 43 22-minute episodes (usually with two segments) and eleven shorts. Colour. / Orange, hairy and sporting a tall floppy hat which ...

Fail Safe

Film (1964). Max E Youngstein-Sidney Lumet. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Written by Walter Bernstein, based on Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene L Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. Cast includes Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, Frank Overton and Fritz Weaver. 111 minutes. Colour. / A mistaken US nuclear attack on Moscow nearly initiates World War Three, a quandary resolved only by the US President's decision to bomb New York as an apologetic gesture. ...

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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