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Hemmingson, Michael

(1966-2014) US cultural anthropologist, screenwriter and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Jack" in Midnight Zoo for 1993. His prolific output contains several works of sf interest, including Minstrels (1997), set in Near Future Paris where an American becomes embroiled in some action-thriller scenes intensified by – as in D G Compton's The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974) – his being fitted with a camera eye, transforming the world into a Media Landscape ...

Schwerin, Doris H

(1922-2013) US composer of incidental music for Broadway productions, and author whose The Rainbow Walkers (1985; vt The Missing Years 1986) is an intermittently moving sf tale in which a wealthy man, afflicted with myeloma, puts his body into Cryonic suspension, with poignant consequences. [JC]

Geis, Richard E

(1927-2013) US author, editor and sf fan, best known since 1953 for producing and contributing significantly to a fanzine, Psychotic, and later a Semiprozine, The Alien Critic, both of which were, confusingly, at different times known as Science Fiction Review. He has published other Fanzines. His vigorously anti-highbrow judgements were for a long time influential in the sf field; between 1969 and 1983 he six times won a Hugo for Best Fanzine and a further seven times for Best Fan Writer, the ...


Short US film (1953). Columbia Pictures. Directed by Jules White. Written by Felix Adler. Cast includes Steve Calvert, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Tom Kennedy, Norma Randall and Philip Van Zandt. 16 minutes. Black and white. / The Three Stooges (at the time, Fine, Moe Howard, and Shemp Howard) are private detectives (see Crime and Punishment) hired to find a missing woman. They disguise themselves as pie salesmen and go from door to door in hopes of finding her. Approaching what ...

Justice League

US animated tv series (2001-2006; vt Justice League Unlimited). Warner Brothers Animation for the Cartoon Network. Produced by James Tucker, Rich Fogel, Dwayne McDuffie, Glen Murakami, Linda Steiner and Bruce W Timm. Directed by Dan Riba, Joaquim Dos Santos and Butch Lukic. Writers included Stan Berkowitz, Keith Damron, J M DeMatteis, Paul Dini, Fogel, Dave Gibbons, Bob Goodman, Joseph Kuhr, Alan Moore, Dennis O'Neal, Dwayne McDuffie. Based on characters created by Neal Adams, C C Beck, John ...

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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