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Superman Returns

Film (2006). Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris. Cast includes Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey. 154 minutes. Colour. / Superman's return to cinema largely ignores developments in the comics; instead Superman Returns reverently emulates the original Superman (1978). Set after Superman II (1980), Superman Returns begins with the return of the hero (Routh) to Earth after a five year absence, during which Lois ...

Anson, Captain

(1846-1905) UK author, in the Royal Navy 1859-1896. His Future War tale, The Great Anglo-American War of 1900 (1896 chap), warrants modest interest for the worldwide scope of the conflict and for the UK's destruction of San Francisco, which inspires an inventive American response (see Edisonade; Inventions) and the surrender of Canada. For verisimilitude, the tale should perhaps have been set several years further into the future. [JC]

Basshe, Emjo

Normal working name of Lithuanian-born director and playwright Emanuel Lode Abarbanel Basshe (1898-1939), in the USA from 1912; he sometimes signed as Em Jo Basshe. He co-founded the New Playwrights Theatre in 1927; he was involved in leftwing causes throughout his career; in general his plays can be understood as agitprop, and seem to have been particular successful at the heart of the Great Depression, before the New Deal began to rescue America from the effects of unmonitored capitalism. Of ...

Cole, Walter R

(1933-2002) US sf fan and bibliographer, compiler of A Checklist of Science-Fiction Anthologies (1964), reissued in facsimile – it was originally stencilled – by Arno Press in 1975. Though it has now been superseded and updated by William Contento's indexes of Anthologies, it is remembered as one of the essential pioneering efforts in Bibliography undertaken by sf Fandom. [PN/JC]

Blyton, Enid

(1897-1968) UK author, exclusively for children, and mostly for younger readers; it is estimated that she may have published as many as 700 separate titles, most of them very short, like the Faraway Tree tales, in which various worlds are accessed entirely by Magic. There can be no pretending that she was very comfortable with storylines whose satisfactory resolution would require sustained attention, as it is central to her work that her young protagonists safely return home, or are ...

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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