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Raymond, Alex

(1909-1956) US Comic-strip artist. As Jane Frank aptly notes, he is "one of the most famous science fiction artists of all time, although he never contributed an illustration to any science fiction magazine or book", earning that status for his decade of drawing the comic strip Flash Gordon. / Raymond received his artistic training at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City and began his career by working as an assistant on the strip Tillie the Toiler; soon he was also contributing ...

Haley, Russell

(1934-    ) UK-born author, in Australia from 1961 to 1966, and New Zealand subsequently. His work, from the poetry of the early 1970s on, has been Equipoisal (see Postmodernism and SF) as regards any fixing of generic content, notably in the stories assembled in Real Illusions: A Selection of Family Lies and Biographical Fictions in Which the Ancestral Dead Also Play Their Part (coll 1984) and A Spider-Web Season; & The Transfer Station (coll 2000). The Settlement ...

Colbeck, Alfred

(1858-1933) UK Methodist minister and author active from before 1900 as an author of magazine fiction, mostly for boys; When the Earth Swung Over: A Strange Story of the Mysterious White People of the Napo (1926) is a Lost World tale set in South America, where the survivors of the sinking of Atlantis have established a civilization. [JC]

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Animated film (2001). Walt Disney Animation Studios (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Written by Tab Murphy and David Reynolds based on a story by Murphy, Trousdale, Wise, Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel. Cast includes Michael J Fox and Cree Summer. 96 minutes. Colour. / It took 64 years and 41 films for Disney to produce their first arguably Genre SF film. Was it worth the wait? Although unlikely to be taken to people's hearts in the same way as the ...

Lusk, Sean

(?–) UK political scientist and author, initially of nonfantastic short fiction, including A Flood in the Yucatan (2017). He is of some sf interest for a Steampunk tale, The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley (2022), set in an Alternate World version of eighteen-century Europe, with the action moving to Constantinople. The protagonist's second sight (see Psi Powers) and a certain intensity about his course onward through life give a sense that the Automata which have surrounded him from ...

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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