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Rex the Runt

UK stop-frame animated tv series (1998-2001). Aardman Animations for BBC Bristol. Created by Richard Goleszowski (aka Richard Starzak). Executive producers: Paul Kofod, Peter Lord, Colin Rose, Michael Rose, David Sproxton and Tom Van Waveren. Writers include Andrew Franks, Richard Starzak and Kevin Wrench. Directors include Richard Starzak. Voice cast includes Steve Box, Andrew Franks, Elisabeth Hadley, Andrew Jeffers, Colin Rote and Kevin Wrench. 26 ten-minute episodes. Colour. / This is ...

Burnet, W Hodgson

(1873-1933) UK architect and author, whose Parodies include Quite So Stories (coll 1918), which makes mild fun of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (coll 1902). In Gullible's Travels in Little-Brit (1920), a giant Gulliver from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) (see Great and Small; Gulliver; Sequels by Other Hands) visits London during World War One, which he supports, and meets G K Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw, whom he bests. Most of the Satire is directed at Parliament. ...

Flood, Tom

(1955-    ) Australian author whose first novel, Oceana Fine (1989), is set in a surreal version of modern Australia, too fantasticated to be a genuine Alternate World but at the same time hauntingly verisimilitudinous. A vast grain elevator houses the eponymous new wheat strain; the elevator becomes a cathedral and the wheat becomes manna. Much of the action takes place in a constantly mutating system of Labyrinths. The End of the World may be nigh. [JC]

Newitz, Annalee

(1969-    ) US journalist and author, most of whose work has been nonfiction, beginning with White Trash: Race and Class in America (1997) with Matt Wray; some of her titles, like Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (2013), engage in Futures Studies exercises. Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (2006) is a relatively early attempt to make sense of Zombies and other iconic figures, which (she argues) are ...

Jeapes, Ben

(1965-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Digital Cats Come Out Tonight" (in Digital Dreams, anth 1990, ed David V Barrett), and who has since published frequently in Interzone. His novels have been directed to Young Adult markets, and include the His Majesty's Spaceship sequence comprising His Majesty's Spaceship (1998; vt The Ark 2000) and The Xenocide Mission (2002), in which a generally rational human race is brought into an intergalactic ...

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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