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Amazing Spider-Man, The

1. US tv series (1977-1979). Charles Fries Productions for CBS-TV. Character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics, debuting in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) and appearing in his own title The Amazing Spider-Man from March 1963. Produced by Robert Jones, Lionel E Siegel, Edward Montagne. Directors included Cliff Bole, Michael Caffey, Don MacDougall. Writers included John W Bloch, Howard Dimsdale, Stephen Kandel. Cast includes Ellen Bry (Julie Masters), Chip Fields (Rita ...

Wodehouse, P G

(1881-1975) UK author, mostly in the USA from long before World War Two, never again in England after his scurrilous treatment during that war; active from 1900; known mainly for his non-fantastic novels and story collections – all of them comic after about 1909 – which were published in a highly prolific, almost unbroken stream from The Pothunters (1902), a school story for boys, to the end of his life. The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England: A Tale of the Great Invasion (1909) ...

Lovisi, Gary

(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Why Do These Things Always Happen to Me?" for Heart of Dixie Comics in 1983, an sf Satire expanded into The Saga of Filster Stein (fixup 1988 chap). He has mostly written horror, though material from The Gargoyle (coll 1988 chap) was expanded into The Gargoyle (fixup 2000), set in the Far Future where an investigator risks the thrills of Time Abyss in his attempts to plumb the nature of the eponymous ...

de Morgan, Augustus

(1806-1871) UK mathematician and logician, professor of mathematics from age 22 at the then newly founded London University; best remembered for De Morgan's Laws in logic and for formalizing the principle of mathematical induction; father of the supernatural novelist and designer William de Morgan (1839-1917) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] who was involved with William Morris. de Morgan is of intermittent genre interest for the posthumously collected A Budget of Paradoxes ...

Prehistoric SF

The late nineteenth-century growth of interest in primal humanity and its forebears (see Anthropology; Apes as Human; Evolution; Origin of Man) led to a broad category of imaginative fiction that might be termed Prehistoric Romance – colourful tales of primitives, freed even from the contemporary Lost-Race story's modest narrative requirement of a plausibly long-lost location which (before the story can properly begin) must be plausibly found. Prehistoric fiction became yoked to sf partly ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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