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Rall, Ted

(1963-    ) US author of a Graphic Novel, 2024 (graph 2001), a Satire of Near Future corporate America – here known as Canamexicusa – explicitly using George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) as its model. Moments of Orwellian hectic intensity, in this case, tend to explode into spoof. [JC]

Dell Comics

The Comics imprint of Dell Publishing, which began issuing comics in various genres in the 1930s and was active for several decades, being the most successful US comics publisher for a time in the 1950s. Most of Dell's output made use of material licenced from various sources, including Walt Disney Productions, Lone Ranger Inc, Tarzan from Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc and the Walter Lantz Studios. Many of their titles sold a million or more copies per issue in the 1950s, more than any other ...

Whiteford, Wynne N

(1915-2002) Australian motoring journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Beyond the Infinite" for Adam and Eve, 28 May 1934. He then fell silent until the mid-1950s, at which point he also began to sell to overseas markets, starting with "The Non-Existent Man" (July 1958 Amazing); after 1960, however, he did not sell to the American market for a quarter of a century. Whiteford's mature work turns again and again to dilemmas attending First Contact with Alien ...

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 ...

Harrison, G B

(1894-1991) UK scholar, editor of three editions of the works of William Shakespeare, perhaps now best known for his five-volume compilation/recreation of Elizabethan and Jacobean journals beginning with An Elizabethan Journal: Being a Record of Those Things Most Talked About During the Years 1591-1594 (1928); mostly in the USA or elsewhere abroad after 1943. Of sf interest is The Fires of Arcadia (1965), in which a scientist at Arcadia College in New England creates satyrs (see Biology; ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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