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D'Argenteuil, Paul

Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -?   ) of The Trembling of Borealis (1899), set in America after a war with Cuba and featuring a revolt of the working classes which brings about a welfare state and the disenfranchisement of Blacks. Given the socialist – albeit racist – bent of the tale (see Politics; Race in SF), the author's Pseudonym can be read as a play on words, linking wealth to work. [JC]

New Adventures of Superman, The

Animated tv series (1966-1969; vt The Superman/Aquaman Hour; vt The Batman/Superman Hour). Filmation Associates for CBS-TV. Produced by Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott. Directed by Hal Sutherland. Writers included George Kashdan (1928-2006), Oscar Bensol, Dennis Marks (1932-2006), Jerry Robinson. Based on characters created by Jerome Siegel, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, William Moulton Marston, others. Story consultant: Mort Weisinger. Superman cast includes Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julie ...

Happytime Murders, The

US film (2018). STX, H. Brothers, Black Bear Pictures, DMP, Henson Alternative, On the Day Pictures. Directed by Brian Henson. Written by Todd Berger. Cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Brian Barretta, Melissa McCarthy, Joel McHale and Maya Rudolph. 91 minutes. Colour. / Former detective Phil Phillips (Barretta) suspects that there is more to a porn store "robbery" than the authorities have realized. Reluctantly teaming up with his former partner Connie Edwards (McCarthy), he pieces together a ...

Vanguard Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, June 1958, published by Vanguard Science Fiction; edited by James Blish. Vanguard Science Fiction made a promising debut: it included the much-anthologized "Reap the Dark Tide" (vt "Shark Ship" in A Mile Beyond the Moon, coll 1958) by C M Kornbluth, plus what were intended as regular features by L Sprague de Camp and Lester del Rey. However, the decision to discontinue the magazine became inevitable almost before the first issue appeared, when the distributor ...

Train, Oswald

(1915-1988) UK-born US fan (see Fandom) from 1935, when he became involved in the nascent Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, also attending the first (highly informal) Convention in 1936. A significant Small-Press publisher, he was the main figure behind Prime Press. In 1968 he founded Oswald Train: Publisher, which specialized in detective fiction, although it also released work by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, A Merritt, P Schuyler Miller and Olaf Stapledon. [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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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