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Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest

Animated made-for-tv film (1997; vt Batman/Superman Adventures: World's Finest). Warner Brothers Animation for Warner Brothers Television. Produced by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Bruce W Timm. Directed by Toshihiko Masuda. Written by Burnett, Dini, Stan Berkowitz, Rich Fogel and Steve Gerber. Cast includes Clancy Brown, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Lisa Edelstein, Mark Hamill and Arleen Sorkin. 64 minutes. Colour. / The Joker (Hamill) and his girlfriend Dr Harleen Quinzel/Harley ...

Kelly, Robert

(1935-    ) US academic, poet – extremely prolific from about 1960, with at least fifty volumes published – and author. His novel The Scorpions (1967) has been read as sf because of its baroquely Paranoid rendering of a psychiatrist's conviction that a rich patient does in fact have contact with the Scorpions, a race of ultraviolet people. However, like Cities (1971 chap), the book is more plausibly viewed as a Fabulation, depicting US life after the fashion of ...

Contact [2]

Russian animated film (1978; original title Kontakt). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Alexander Kostinsky. 10 minutes. Colour. / An artist wandering the countryside rests by a lake: as he hums to himself, a Spaceship arrives. Its pilot – a Shapeshifting fluorescent triangle-eyed slug-like Alien – attempts First Contact, but the artist is terrified and flees. The alien pursues, eventually winning the artist's trust by loosely mimicking his appearance and ...

Wilkins, Vaughan

(1890-1959) UK journalist and author best known for his historical romances, but who wrote some tales of sf interest. Being Met Together (1944), though marginal, interestingly describes an attempt to rescue Napoleon from St Helena using a submarine (see Under the Sea) designed by the American engineer and inventor Robert Fulton (1765-1815). After Bath; Or (If you Prefer) The Remarkable Case of the Flying Hat (1945) is an ornately fantastic juvenile whose variegated cast attempts to return Magic ...

Bannister, Jo

(1951-    ) UK journalist and author, principally of crime fiction, long resident in Northern Ireland. She is of sf interest for her first three novels, all initially published by Robert Hale Limited: The Matrix (1981), a Far-Future Space Opera, and two adventures with a flavour of Planetary Romance: The Winter Plain (1982) and A Cactus Garden (1983). [DRL]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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