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Jacques, Jeph

(1980-    ) US musician and Comics artist now living in Canada, best known for his long-running webcomic Questionable Content [see links below], which launched on 1 August 2003 and which he describes as "an internet comic strip about friendship, romance, and robots". New instalments initially appeared twice weekly and later three times weekly; from September 2004 the strip has been published every weekday (though with a few irregularities and guest artists), each new page ...

Hunger Dogs, The

The only original Graphic Novel by Comics pioneer Jack Kirby, and his last major work, published in 1985 by DC Comics. A continuation and culmination of the artist's New Gods series, which was published by DC from 1971 to 1972, The Hunger Dogs (DC Graphic Novel #4) was Kirby's long-awaited and long-gestating coda to the series, featuring a temporary victory over the forces of evil embodied by the super-Villain character Darkseid as the slaves (or "hunger dogs") that labour on the planet ...

Lawrence, Edmund

(?   -?   ) UK author of It May Happen Yet: A Tale of Bonaparte's Invasion of England (1899), a self-published but frequently noted work of what may be an early Alternate History or – as Darko Suvin argues in Victorian Science Fiction in the UK: The Discourses of Knowledge and Power (dated 1983 but 1984) – an example of "forgotten history", as Napoleon's Invasion in 1805 turns out to be inconsequential. [JC]

Space School

UK tv serial (1956). Produced by Kevin Sheldon. Written by Gordon Ford. Cast includes David Drummond, Matthew Lane, Donald McCorkindale, John Stuart and Julie Webb. Four 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / The producer of this Children's SF serial was also behind such earlier British sf serials as The Lost Planet (1954). In Space School, a group of children live in an artificial satellite while their father spends his time surveying the moons of Mars for possible landing sites. The model ...


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 episodes. Colour. / Eric T Duckman ...

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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