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Hall, Desmond W

(1911-1992) Australian-born New Zealand author and editor, in US from early adulthood; he served as assistant editor of Astounding Stories of Super Science (see Astounding Science-Fiction) under Harry Bates 1930-1933, also collaborating with Bates as a writer under the pseudonyms H G Winter and, more famously, Anthony Gilmore; as Gilmore they produced the popular Hawk Carse series, which reached book form as Space Hawk: The Greatest of Interplanetary Adventures (November 1931-November 1932 ...

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 ...

Empire I

Board and counter Wargame (1973). Third Millenia (TM). Designed by William Gemmill, Randall Thomas. / Between the release of Lensman in 1969 and the start of the science fiction Wargame boom in 1974 with the publication of Starforce: Alpha Centauri and Stellar Conquest, several other games were created which modelled future conflicts using physical maps and counters. In the UK the most prominent such work was 4000 AD (1972); in the US a number of Wargames of this kind were released by then ...

Vance, Gerald

Ziff-Davis House Name (1941-1958), a personal pseudonym of William P McGivern until 1944 (though it is not certain that all Vance stories up to that date were by him); from 1948-1950 the name was used mostly by Chester S Geier, and between 1951 and 1956 it was again used several times by McGivern in Amazing and Fantastic; the name was also used by Roger P Graham (Rog Phillips); once by Randall Garrett in collaboration with Robert Silverberg; and once by Henry Slesar. / The Paul W Fairman ...

Sadoul, Jacques

(1934-2013) French editor and author, one of the first editors to launch sf successfully in paperback form in France; he worked first with Éditions Opta and then with J'ai lu, where he founded the Science-fiction imprint and edited the Les Meilleurs Récits series of anthologies of stories translated from the US Pulp magazines. He was also a founder of the Prix Apollo (see Awards). Hier, l'an 2000: L'illustration de science fiction des années 30 (1973; trans as 2000 A.D.: ...

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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