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Gibbs, Lewis

Pseudonym of UK author Joseph Walter Cove (1891-1972), whose writing career began after active service in World War One. He is now remembered mainly for his biographies, though some of his fiction is of interest. In Parable for Lovers (1934), which is Fantasy, an expatriate Englishman falls in love with a wood-nymph in Greece. In his sf novel, Late Final (1951), an Englishman parachutes into England after World War Three, where he finds London to be a depopulated ruin (see Last Man), and the ...

Star Wars: Clone Wars

US animated tv series (2003-2005). Cartoon Network Studios, Lucasfilm. Developed and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by George Lucas. Writers include Darrick Bachman and Genndy Tartakovsky. Voice cast includes Nick Jameson, Mat Lucas, Richard McGonagle and James Arnold Taylor. Twenty mostly four-minute episodes (seasons 1 and 2) and five mostly thirteen-minute episodes (season 3). Colour. / This series focuses on Anakin Skywalker (Lucas), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Taylor) ...

Foglio, Phil

(1956-    ) American artist and author. He received a BFA in cartooning from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and began his career by contributing artwork to Fanzines, winning the Hugo as Best Fan Artist in 1977 and 1978; in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he also contributed interior art to Asimov's Science Fiction and did some covers and a recurring comic strip, "What's New with Phil and Dixie", for Dragon Magazine. While his first Dragon cover, for the May 1979 issue, was ...

King Kong

1. Film (1933). RKO. Directed by Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack. Written by James A Creelman, Ruth Rose, from a story by Cooper, with credit also given to Edgar Wallace. Special effects designed and supervised by Willis H O'Brien. Cast includes Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray. 100 minutes. Black and white. / The classic Monster Movie. On a remote Island inhabited by unfriendly natives, prehistoric Dinosaurs (including a Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex) and ...

Crackle of Death

Made-for-tv film (1976). Francy Productions for Universal Television. Produced by Cy Chermak. Directed by Alex Grasshoff and Don Weiss. Written by Arthur Rowe and Rudolph Borchert from an idea by Rowe ("The Energy Eater"); Bill S Ballinger ("Firefall"). Cast includes Fred Bier, Philip Carey, Elaine Giftos, Jack Grinnage, Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, William Smith, Michael Strong and Robert Yuro. 92 minutes. Colour. / This film actually comprises two cobbled-together episodes of the ...

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 publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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