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Crilley, Mark

(1965-    ) US creator of the Comic Akiko (1995-current), and of the Akiko series of Young Adult or younger sf adventures, usually in interstellar Space Opera venues lightly spoofed, based on the comic, beginning with Akiko on the Planet Smoo (2000). Crilley has a modest, comical touch with storyline, though he has not seriously stretched himself or his readers. The Billy Clikk sequence, beginning with Billy Clikk: Creath Battler (2004), also for younger readers, follows the ...

Chesbro, George C

(1940-2008) US author who began to write detective stories in the late 1960s, sometimes as by David Cross, and who is of genre interest for the intermittent – but sometimes essential – sf elements in his Mongo sequence, about a dwarf former circus performer and professor of criminology (see Superheroes), whose real name is Robert Frederickson and who as Mongo the Magnificent runs a detective agency with his brother Garth, beginning with Shadow of a Broken Man (1977) and ending with ...

Hoyt, Sarah A

(1962-    ) Portuguese-born author, in US from the 1980s; she has also written as by Sarah D'Almeida, Elise Hyatt, and Sarah Marques. She has focused for the most part on fantasy series, such as her first, the Shakespeare in Faerie sequence beginning with Ill Met by Moonlight (2001), in which William Shakespeare, travelling into regions he had created in his plays, encounters adventure, high risk, and romance with an elf. The Magical British Empire sequence beginning Heart ...

Federman, Raymond

(1928-2009) French-born author, in the US from 1947 until his death; his family died in Auschwitz. Much of his work combines experimental forms with some content readable as fantastic; the term "surfiction" has been applied to Federman's version of the postmodern sensibility (see Postmodernism and SF). Of this work, The Twofold Vibration (1982), does incorporate a Near Future Dystopia into the mix, and so may be thought of as sf. [JC]

My Life as a Teenage Robot

US animated tv series (2003-2007). Frederator Studios. Created by Rob Renzetti. Directors include Randy Myers, Rob Renzetti, Chris Sauve and Tim Walker. Writers include John Fountain, Heather Martinez, Brandon Kruse and Bernie Petterson. Voice cast includes Thora Birch, Chad Doreck, Eartha Kitt, Quinton Flynn, Janice Kawaye, Candi Milo, Cree Summer and Audrey Wasilewski. 75 eleven-minute (excepting three double-length) episodes. Colour. / Sometime in the future, elderly Scientist Dr. Nora ...

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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