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Bolton, Charles E

(1841-1901) US businessman, philanthropist and author, married to the poet and writer on temperance issues, Sarah Knowles Bolton (1841-1916); his posthumously published sf novel, The Harris-Ingram Experiment (1905), conflates capitalist accomplishments, romantic love, a genius inventor and Utopian experiments. [JC]

Schneeman, Charles

(1912-1972) American artist. After artistic training at the Pratt School of Art and Design and Grand Central School of Art, he began doing interior illustrations and occasional covers for John W Campbell Jr's Astounding Science-Fiction in the late 1930s. It is his interior illustrations that are best remembered, particularly those that accompanied Jack Williamson's The Legion of Time (May-July 1938 Astounding; rev 1952) and E E "Doc" Smith's Gray Lensman (October 1939-January 1940 Astounding; ...

Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

US animated tv series (1994-1999). DIC Enterprises. Directed by Joe Barruso, Stan Phillips and Michael Maliani. Writers include Perry Adleman, Doug Molitor, Sean Roche and Melanie Williams. Voice cast includes Rodger Bumpass, Jennifer Hale, Scott Menville and Rita Moreno. 40 21-minute episodes. Colour. / The first of two animated series based on the computer game Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985) and its sequels. Not to be confused with one of the franchise's television game ...

Ian, Janis

Working name of US musician, singer and songwriter Janis Eddy Fink (1951-    ), popular in and appreciative of sf Fandom. With Mike Resnick and (anonymously) Martin H Greenberg she co-edited the Original Anthology Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (anth 2003; exp vt Stars: The Anthology 2014), introduced by Ian and featuring her own debut sf story "Second Person Unmasked". She has written further short genre fiction, including a collaboration with Kevin ...

Birdman and the Galaxy Trio

US animated tv series (1967-1969). Hanna-Barbera Productions for NBC-TV. Created by Alex Toth. Produced by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna with Lewis Marshall. Directed by Barbera and Hanna. Writers included Neal Barbera, Phil Hahn and Jack Hanrahan. Cast includes Keith Andes, Dick Beals, Ted Cassidy, Virginia Eiler, Don Messick and John Stephenson. Uncertain number (40?) of 30-minute episodes, each comprising two Birdman segments separated by a Galaxy Trio adventure. Colour. / Ray Randall ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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