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US animated tv series (1994-1997). Paramount Network Television. Created by Everett Peck, initially for the Comic Duckman. Executive producers and main writers: Gabor Csupo, Arlene Klasky, Ron Osborn, Everett Peck and Jeff Reno. Directors include Peter Avanzino, John Eng, Jeff McGrath and Raymie Muzquiz. Voice cast includes Jason Alexander, Gregg Berger, Tim Curry, Elizabeth Daily, Dana Hill, Pat Musick, Nancy Travis and Dweezil Zappa. 71 22-minute ...

Erskine, Douglas

Pseudonym of Scots-descended Canadian lawyer John Stuart Buchan (1852-1927). It has implausibly been suggested that Erskine was a pseudonym of John Buchan – perhaps because his son's full name was John Norman Stuart Buchan (1911-1996). Erskine's novel – A Bit of Atlantis (1900) – lacks any resemblance to Buchan's own work of the time; in this tale, a Scottish Canadian inventor, who descends from lost Atlanteans, is shipwrecked on ...

Anonymous SF Editors

This entry, as a companion to Anonymous (dealing with never-identified authors), notes uncredited and never-identified Anthology editors who owing to their anonymity can be referred to only by citing their productions. Anonymously edited sf Anthologies are not particularly common, unlike the case with ghost and horror stories. We do not treat pairs of novellas or novels bound in ...

Worlds in Balance

Settings created for sf Games have some unique characteristics not shared with other science-fictional worlds. Most importantly, a gameworld must be balanced, meaning that opposing forces must be of approximately equal capabilities. While this may also be a requirement for an entertaining adventure story, in which the protagonist is engaged in conflict with a reasonable chance of either victory or defeat, games are much more demanding in this regard. Characters in ...


The Theosophical Society is an occult organization founded in 1875 by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) and two colleagues; it continues to exist, though in a state of schism. The doctrines propounded by this crypto-religion – theosophy means, literally, "knowledge of God" – have a relationship to Fantastika similar to that of nineteenth-century spiritualism in general, though the cosmological narrative embedded in the basic concepts comprises a ...

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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