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Cuphead Show!, The

US animated tv series (2022-current). King Features Syndicate, Netflix Animation, Studio MDHR. Created by Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, developed by Dave Wasson. Directed by Clay Morrow and Adam Paloian. Written by Deeki Deke, Clay Morrow, Adam Paloian, Cosmo Segurson and Dave Wasson. Voice cast includes Joe Hanna, Frank Todaro and Tru Valentino. Twelve circa twelve-minute episodes. Colour. / The show is based on the Videogame Cuphead (2017, vt Cuphead: Don't Deal with the Devil) and concerns ...

Nevitt, Barrington

(1908-1995) Canadian engineer, broadcaster and author, who began his career as a radio operator with the Canadian Marconi Company in 1928-1929; he was associated for many years with Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), with whom he collaborated and about whom he wrote Who Was Marshall McLuhan?: Exploring a Mosaic of Impressions (1995) with Maurice McLuhan. Of sf interest is Captain Gulliver's Interplanetary Travels (1986) with Maurice Hecht, which recasts the original (see Jonathan Swift) as an ...

Ames, Mildred

(1919-1994) US author of novels for older children, a few of them fantasy. Of sf interest is Is There Life on a Plastic Planet? (1975), which effectively transforms the Paranoid theme of substitution – in this case a shop contains dolls identical to the young women its owner attempts to suborn – into a resonant tale of adolescence and identity. Questions of identity also lie at the heart of Anna to the Infinite Power (1981), whose protagonist sees another girl in her mirror image, ...

Circuit's Edge

Videogame (1990). Westwood Associates. Designed by George Alec Effinger, Michael Legg, Michael Moore. Platforms: DOS. / Circuit's Edge was scripted by George Alec Effinger, and is set in his Budayeen milieu – a twenty-first-century slum in a Cyberpunk future dominated by Islam – with a story which takes place between Effinger's novel When Gravity Fails (1987) and its sequel A Fire in the Sun (1989). The player's character is the protagonist of the novels, the tough yet damaged ...

Le Drimeur, Alain

Pseudonym of the unidentified French author (?   -?   ) whose Utopia, La Cité Future (1890; trans Brian Stableford as The Future City 2012), responds positively to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). The frame story, though inherently implausible, does vigorously demonstrate the author's conviction that nothing as transparently sensible as a world cognate with Bellamy's vision could possibly occur in this world without some radical transformation of ...

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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