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Smith, Keith

(1917-2011) Australian radio and television broadcast and author, most famous as for his "Pied Piper" interviews with children; his sf novel, OGF: Being the Private Papers of George Cockburn, Bus Conductor, a Resident of Hurstfield, a Suburb of Sydney, Australia (1965), is a mild-mannered rather spoofish Satire set in the very Near Future of an erratically urbanizing Australia. [JC]

Richards, Milton

Pseudonym of Canadian-born author Milo Milton Oblinger (1890-1963), in the US from early years, having taken out US citizenship in 1922; best known for his tales for boys, including the Dick Kent series of nonfantastic adventures in the North woods; of sf interest is The Valdmere Mystery; Or, the Atomic Ray (1929), in which the Invention of a deadly Ray threatens to unleash terrors on the world; but the villains are defeated. [JC]

Midnight Gospel, The

US animated online tv series (2020). Netflix. Created by Pendleton Ward (see Adventure Time; Bravest Warriors) and Duncan Trussell. Executive producers include Pendleton Ward and Duncan Trussell. Directed by Pendleton Ward. Writers include Mike L. Mayfield, Duncan Trussell and Pendleton Ward. Voice cast includes Phil Hendrie and Duncan Trussell. Eight 20-37 minute episodes. Colour. / Living in a caravan in the "Chromatic Ribbon" Dimension, wastrel Clancy Gilroy (Trussell) creates podcasts ...

Island of Lost Souls

Film (1932). Paramount. Directed by Erle C Kenton. Written by Waldemar Young, Philip Wylie, based on The Island of Dr Moreau (1896) by H G Wells. Cast includes Richard Arlen, Kathleen Burke, Leila Hyams, Alan Ladd, Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi and Randolph Scott. 72 minutes. Black and white. / Though somewhat altered from the Wells original, and adding such Hollywood touches as a seductive Panther Girl, this memorable film incorporates much of the novel's moody atmosphere. A young man is ...

D'Armen, Guy

Apparently the chief pseudonym of an unidentified French author (?   -?   ), active between 1899 and 1939 under this name as well as Francis Annemary, Jacques Diamant, Corentin Goulphar and perhaps others. He specialized in exorbitant tales of adventure, featuring figures at the edge of gaining Superhero status, the most important of these being Doctor Ardan in the Doc Ardan sequence beginning with "La Cite de L'Or et de la Lepre" (1929 Sciences et Voyages; loose ...

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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