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Superman: The Animated Series

Animated tv series (1996-2000). Warner Brothers Animation for The WB Network. Produced by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Bruce W Timm, and Glen Murakami. Based on characters created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Directors included Curt Geda, Dan Riba, Toshibika Masuda, and many others. Writers included Dini, Hilary J Bader, Burnett, Mark Evanier, Timm, and others. Cast includes Tim Daly, Dana Delany, George Dzundza and David Kaufman. 52 21-minute episodes. Colour. / The last son of the ...

Jennings, Gordon

(1896-1953) Special effects pioneer who worked on nearly 200 films in his long career. These included Dr Cyclops (1940), and the supernatural comedy-romance I Married a Witch (1942). He is of most importance to the sf film for overseeing the effects for The War of the Worlds (1953). Unfortunately Jennings died before this film's release and subsequent great success. [GSt]


Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1983). Pierrot. Directed and written by Mamoru Oshii and Hisayuki Toriumi. Voice cast includes Tesshou Genda, Shuuichi Ikeda, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Hideki Sasaki. Four 30-minute episodes. Colour. / At the end of the twenty-first century Earth is prospering, the problems caused by Pollution and declining resources cured by the exploitation of the Moon's mineral wealth. However, the lunar settlers are not benefiting – being overworked, forced to ...

Davies, Hugh Sykes

(1909-1984) UK critical theorist, surrealist, Communist (until 1956), poet (in the Apocalyptic movement founded by Henry Treece), and author whose surrealist book-length Petron: A Prose Poem (1935) is, at least retroactively, of some value to sf writers and readers as an early model for contemporary attempts at the rendering of Inner Space. The Papers of Andrew Melmoth (1960) is an interesting story about the Evolution of Intelligence in rats, quite different, in its quiet literary tone, from ...

Lohrman, Paul

House Name used on the Ziff-Davis magazines by Richard Shaver, Paul W Fairman and perhaps others on seven stories 1950-1953. "The World of the Lost" (March 1950 Fantastic Adventures) has been definitely attributed to Shaver. [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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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