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Swearing

Genre SF authors often depict futuristic swearing, blasphemy and other forms of foul speech, not always with any great conviction. Robert Graves's Lars Porsena; Or, the Future of Swearing and Improper Language (1927 chap; exp vt The Future of Swearing and Improper Language 1936) foreshadows the problem afflicting the SF Magazines for decades after the year of his light-hearted essay – that any realistic bad language was Taboo. Though prepared to risk "bloody" – which George Bernard ...

Wright, Vincent

(?   -?   ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond his sf novel, An Ancient Englishman: A D 1599-1906 [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1907), structured as the memoir of Geoffrey Grenville, a sixteenth-century warrior Hero. After battling the Spanish on land and sea, he comes to London, where the Earl of Southampton introduces him to William Shakespeare, to whom he recounts his dramatic life, and who (as we learn in 1906) bases Othello's reminiscences upon ...

Darkwing Duck

US animated tv series (1991-1992). The Walt Disney Company for the Disney Channel/ABC Domestic Television (see Disney on Television). Created by Tad Stones. Produced by Bob Hathcock, Toby Shelton, Hank Tucker, Alan Zaslove. Forty-two writers including (five episodes or more) John Behnke, Kevin Campbell, Rob Humphrey, Douglas Langdale, Jim Peterson, Dev Ross, Gary Sperling, Tad Stones, Brian Swenlin. Cast includes voice actors Hamilton Camp, Christine Cavanaugh, Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern. ...

Maitz, Don

(1953-    ) American illustrator, husband of artist and author Janny Wurts. Maitz actually began his career in sf art before graduating from the Paier School of Art in 1975, and he quickly began receiving regular assignments to paint book covers. From the start, he placed an emphasis on human figures, often in unusual positions with distinctive facial expressions; his cover for L Sprague de Camp's The Virgin & the Wheels (coll 1976), for example, offers a novel take on ...

Temple, William F

(1914-1989) UK author who began his activities in the sf world before World War Two as an active fan, a member of the British Interplanetary Society and editor of its Bulletin, and a flatmate of Arthur C Clarke. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Kosso" in Thrills (anth 1935) edited anonymously by Charles Birkin (1907-1986), a Horror in SF tale in which a tree, given Intelligence by a scientist, rebels; other early fiction includes an Amateur Magazine appearance with "Mr. ...

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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