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Hazbin Hotel

US animated webfilm (2019). Spindle House. Created and directed by Vivienne Medrano. Written by David Capdevielle, Raymond Hernandez and Vivienne Medrano. Voice cast includes Edward Bosco, Gabriel C Brown, Monica Franco, Jill Harris, Elsie Lovelock, Michael Kovach, Mike Lauer, Michelle Marie and Will Stamper. 32 Minutes. Colour. / Intended as the pilot for a series, this short film was independently produced, mainly through crowdfunding. It was released via YouTube in October 2019, passing ...

Sterling, Brett

A House Name of Better Publications, used originally in the magazines Startling Stories and Captain Future for five short Captain Future novels, three of which – "The Star of Dread" (Captain Future 1943), "Magic Moon" (Captain Future 1944) and "Red Sun of Danger" (Startling Stories 1945; vt Danger Planet 1968) – were by Edmond Hamilton. Two Sterling Captain Future stories by Joseph Samachson are "Days of Creation" (Captain Future 1944; vt The Tenth Planet 1969) and "Worlds to Come" ...

Wallace, Ian

Pseudonym of John Wallace Pritchard (1912-1998), US clinical psychologist and teacher who spent his working life – from 1934 until his retirement in 1974 – in professional education. As an author he was active mainly after 1967, though under his own name he published some nonfiction in the 1940s and the non-sf Every Crazy Wind (1952). / Beginning with Croyd (1967), Wallace produced a remarkable series of sf novels in two series normally listed under the Croyd surtitle: the Croyd ...

McCann, Edson

Pseudonym used by Frederik Pohl and Lester del Rey for the single novel Preferred Risk (June-September 1955 Galaxy; 1955), which was hurriedly written for a Galaxy Science Fiction novel competition because no acceptable outside submission had been received. Cast in the same mould as Pohl's and C M Kornbluth's The Space Merchants (July-August 1952 Galaxy as "Gravy Planet"; rev and cut 1953), it features a world dominated by vast insurance companies in the place of the Pohl and Kornbluth novel's ...

Horton, Forest W, Jr

(?   -    ) US author of a Technothriller, The Technocrats (1980), revolving around a super-Computer in the wrong hands, and the justified Paranoia this causes when it turns out that the computer is running America via a proxy Android president. [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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