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Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by ...

Rogers, Hubert

(1898-1982) Canadian artist who studied art at Toronto Technical School before military service in World War I, then continued his training at other institutions, including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1925, he began his professional career in New York, doing illustrations for newspapers, painting book covers, and painting covers for Pulp magazines like Adventure and The ...

O'Brien, Willis H

(1886-1962) US special-effects supervisor in the Cinema industry. For his own amusement he early began to experiment with stop-motion photography. A one-minute home movie of an animated caveman and Dinosaur, involving 960 separate exposures, led to the producer and exhibitor Herman Wobber (1880-1965) advancing him $5000 to make a more elaborate version of the same subject: The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy ...

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes

US animated tv series ("Lakewood Plaza Turbo" pilot 2013; 2016-2019). Cartoon Network Studios. Created by Ian Jones-Quartey. Executive producers: Ian Jones-Quartey, Curtis Lelash, Brian A Miller, Jennifer Pelphrey and Rob Sorcher. Writers include Toby Jones, Ian Jones-Quartey, Lara Jill Miller, Steven Ogg, Erin Shade and Dave Tennant. Directed by Toby Jones. Voice cast includes Ashly Burch, Jim Cummings, Melissa Fahn, Kate Flannery, Kali Hawk, David Herman, Ian ...

Farmer, Richard N

(1928-1987) US academic – Professor in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – and author of Islandia Revisited (1983), a Sequel by Other Hands to Austin Tappan Wright's Islandia (1942); the visit to Islandia takes place during World War Two. [JC]

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 ...

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