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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Animated tv series (2008-2011). Warner Brothers Animation for the Cartoon Network. Produced by Michael Jelenic, James Tucker and Linda Steiner. Character created by Bob Kane. Directors included Ben Jones, Michael Goguen. Writers included Bernard Baily, Tidd Casey, Paul Dini, Dan Jurgens. Cast includes Diedrich Bader, John DiMaggio (occasional), Mark Hamill (occasional), Julie Newmar (occasional) and Adam West (occasional). 65 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Based on the long-running Batman ...

King, Rufus

(1893-1966) US author, mostly of detective fiction, in whose complicated sf novel, The Fatal Kiss Mystery (1928), two young lovers are entangled and separated and reunited by an Invention the formula for whose development they find in a trunk and whose effect – the total disappearance of those exposed to its rays – is explained either in terms of Invisibility or other Dimensions or both. Another world is in fact discovered, containing what may be the last survivor of a Lost Race. ...

Rabkin, Eric S

(1946-    ) US sf critic and professor of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Most of the books he has written or edited have a direct relevance to sf and fantasy. His critical works are: The Fantastic in Literature (1976; rev 1977), an academic study in genre definition (including sf), provocative but not always rigorous; Science Fiction: History · Science · Vision (1977) with Robert Scholes, a general introduction to the ...


US letter-size (semiprozine) published by Aesir Press, Richmond, California and edited by Eric Vinicoff; eight quarterly issues, Summer 1981 to Summer 1983. Rigel described itself as a Small-Press Prozine, because its payment rates were within the professional range recommended by SFWA at that time (up to 3¢ a word). The magazine was at the forefront of desk-top publishing and Vinicoff, along with co-publisher James Ware and art director John McLaughlin did a creditable job. Rigel was ...

Trevor, Ralph

Pseudonym of UK author James Reginald Wilmot (1897-1944), active for nine years as a crime novelist before his early death; he also wrote as by Frances Stuart. He is of minor sf interest for The Ghost Counts Ten (1938), a thriller featuring a heat-melting Ray. [JC]

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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