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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

US animated film shorts (1927-1938; 1943). M.J. Winkler Productions (1927-1929), Walter Lantz Productions (1929-1938). Created by Walt Disney. Directors include Walt Disney and Walter Lantz. Writers include Walt Disney, Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod. Voice cast includes Pinto Colvig, Bernice Hansen, William Nolan and Mickey Rooney. 193 6-9 minute episodes, silent until February 1929, then with sound. All but three black and white. / The ...

Farren, Mick

Working name of Michael A Farren (1943-2013), UK author, journalist and rock musician who was first active as a member of a band, The Deviants, 1967-1969 (revived several times, most recently in 2011); he then edited the underground paper IT 1970-1973 and founded the underground comic Nasty Tales – prosecuted for obscenity in a well-known trial – in the pages of which, with Chris Rowley and Chris Welch, he produced a comic strip with sf content, ...


US Comic-book series (1981-2009), 102 issues, published first by Capital Comics and later by First Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Rude Dude Productions, created by writer Mike Baron and artist Steve Rude. Set in the twenty-fifth century, when Earth is the political hub of the interstellar society known as the Cohesive Web and humanity just one of many intelligent races, the comic had as title character a ...

Brantenberg, Gerd

(1941-    ) Norwegian author, whose novels frequently address Feminist issues in particular, and Gender issues in general; she is best known with the English language readers for Egalias Dotre (1977; trans Louis McKay as The Daughters of Egalia 1985; vt Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes 1985), a sharply comic take on Sex ...

Ketterer, David

(1942-    ) UK academic and author (with a DPhil from the University of Sussex); based for many years at Concordia University, Montreal; now in the UK. His New Worlds for Old: The Apocalyptic Imagination, Science Fiction, and American Literature (1974) interestingly, though utilizing a rather academic terminology, links apocalyptic themes in US Mainstream literature with similar obsessions in ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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