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Twelve Forever

US animated online tv series (2015; 2019). Puny Entertainment and The Cartel for Netflix. Created by Julia Vickerman. Executive Producers Bradford Bricken, Jeff Holland, Shadi Petosky, Stan Spry and Julia Vickerman. Directors include Annisa Adjani, John Mathot and Nick Sumida. Writers include Kelsy Abbott, Spencer Rothbell, Julia Vickerman and Laura Zak. Voice cast includes Kelsy Abbott, Jaylen Barron, Stephanie Beatriz, Matt Berry, Antony Del Rio, Bridget Everett and Paul Williams. 24 mainly ...

Catran, Ken

(1944-    ) New Zealand screen-writer and author, frequently of crime novels; included in his production of Young Adult titles are of two Young Adult series of sf interest: the Deepwater sequence, later televised, and beginning with Deepwater Black (1992); and the Solar Colonies sequence beginning with Doomfire on Venus (1993). His New Zealand television credits include scripts for Children of the Dog Star (1984, six episodes), about an Alien who is lost on earth and adopted ...

Johnson, Micaiah

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The Space Between Worlds (2020), is set mainly on Earth Zero, with which 380 Parallel Worlds interact complexly, generating a full Multiverse (see Communication). A central "Institute" controls those humans who can travel to those worlds, only possible where the traveller's Doppelganger in the new world is dead. The protagonist Cara, a huge number of whose semblances are dead, travels widely, and discovers engines of ...


In the terminology of sf Fandom, this expression – once colloquial but enshrined since 1983 in the constitution of the World Science Fiction Society, the body that administers the Hugos – means a semiprofessional magazine as opposed to an Amateur Magazine, or Fanzine. Originally, according to that constitution, a magazine with a circulation of more than 10,000 is a professional magazine (though the revision of the Hugo rules which divided the Best Professional Editor category into ...

Swigart, Rob

Working name of US author and academic Eugene Robison Swigart (1941-    ), whose novels, from Little America (1977) on, have been Fabulations composed in a flamboyantly brisk gonzo style through which, like Kurt Vonnegut, comprise a series of deadpan riffs on the extremities of America. Though not making up a series, his first four novels – Little America (1977), A.K.A.: A Cosmic Fable (1978), The Time Trip (1979) and The Book of Revelations (1981) – convey a ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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