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Despicable Me

Animated film (2010). Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, based on a story by Sergio Pablos. Cast includes Russell Brand, Steve Carell and Jason Segal. 91 minutes. Colour. / A suburban super-Villain has a simple dream: to steal the Moon. All that stands in his way is a younger, slicker super-villain and three adorable orphans. Will Gru (Carell) triumph over his callow colleague whilst learning the ...

Kindermann, Eberhard Christian

(1715-?   ) German [ie Saxon] translator and astronomer whose speculations about the existence of at least one moon orbiting Mars are presented in his nonfiction Vollständidge Astronomie ["Complete Astronomy"] (1744), the revision of an earlier work [for details including full titles see Checklist below]. Later that year – in Die Geschwinde Reise auf dem Lufft-Schiff nach der Obern Welt, welche jüngsthin fünff Personen angestellet ["The Speedy Journey by ...

Johnson, Tyrell

(?   -    ) US author, now in Canada, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Feathers for Tray" in On Spec for Summer 2013. The Wolves of Winter (2018) is set in a Near Future Yukon, in the Nuclear Winter caused by World War Three; the rawer Survivalist Fiction elements of the tale – in the first scene its female protagonist is more or less raped – mature into a narrative about the building of community in the wilderness. Johnson should ...

Ritt, William

(1901-1972) US cartoonist and author, whose best known Comic strip, Brick Bradford, is Space Opera (for details see entry on the strip). The strip's first two storylines were revised as two Big Little Books: Brick Bradford and the City Beneath the Sea (1933-1934 Brick Bradford; rev graph 1934) and Brick Bradford with Brocco the Mountain Buccaneer (1934-1935 Brick Bradford; rev graph 1938). [JC/DRL]

Webster, J Provand

(?   -?   ) UK author whose The Oracle of Baal: A Narrative of Some Curious Events in the Life of Professor Horatio Carmichael, M.D. (1896) is a complicatedly told Lost Race tale for boys. A century before it begins, an ancestor of the protagonist had been seduced by a She figure originally from Africa but now in Scotland; the two become pirates before returning to the hidden African land of her birth, a lost Graeco-Carthaginian civilization where she has him ...

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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