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Kimball, Ward

(1914-2002) US animator, director and producer, one of Walt Disney's "nine old men" (see The {WALT DISNEY COMPANY}). / Kimball, full name Ward Walrath Kimball, was born in Minneapolis. He studied at the Santa Barbara School of the Arts, then joined the Disney studio in 1934 as an inbetweener (drawing intermediate frames between key frames so the animation looks smooth); he became an animator in 1936 and was the Animation Supervisor or Directing Animator on films such as Pinocchio (1940), ...

Bedford, Jacey

(?   -    ) UK author, folk singer and folk-song tour organizer who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Jewel of Locaria" in Warrior Princesses (anth 1998) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Her first novel, Empire of Dust (2014), opens the Psi-Tech Space Opera trilogy whose Telepathically augmented lead characters (see ESP; Psionics) are in dangerous conflict with the megacorporations that control the Stargates or ...

Spencer, D A

(?   -?   ) UK illustrator and author in whose Near Future sf Satire, North Sea Monster: A Novel the Action of Which Commences Next August (1934) with W Randerson, an Island appears in the North Sea. The monstrousness of the island, for those who come upon it, lies in its topological resemblance to the head and torso of a naked woman, including explicit breasts. [JC]

SF Color Poster Book

US letter-size Cinema poster magazine printed on slick paper. Publisher: Starlog/Lamplight Studios. Editor: possibly Herman Zimmerman. Five numbered issues, 1978 to 1979. / This short-lived poster-magazine from O'Quinn Studios carried brief articles, mostly on contemporary Television programmes, together with some film coverage. When unfolded, the magazine became a large poster of the cover subject along with smaller pin-up photographs of others. Subjects covered included the films ...

Infinite Space

Videogame (2009). Nude Maker / Platinum Games. Designed by Hifumi Kono, Masafumi Nukita. Platforms: NDS. / Infinite Space is a Console Role Playing Game (see Computer Role Playing Games) which uses a combination of two-dimensional displays and pre-prepared three-dimensional sequences to present its intergalactic milieu. Players are able to explore space more or less at will, using both Faster Than Light drives and Stargates to travel within and between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, ...

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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