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Overgard, William

(1926-1990) US Comics artist, screenwriter and author, active in the first capacity from around 1950; his screenplays include scripts for The Last Dinosaur (1977) and The Bermuda Depths (1978). As an author he is of sf interest for The Divide (1980), an Alternate History tale whose double Jonbar Point is the surrender of Great Britain to Nazi Germany in 1940 (see Hitler Wins; World War Two) and the defeat of Franklin D Roosevelt in the 1940 American presidential election. Canada, as frequently ...

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. ...

Ruins and Futurity

Ruins are not a necessary prelude to Futurity. A ruined structure may be nothing more than a structure that has fallen into illegible ruins (see Entropy), leaving no message for us to draw upon: no warning to the world we live in, no anticipation of things to come. But from time immemorial a Ruin, or in more recent times an Edifice constructed in the shape of a Ruin [for Edifice see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], has also been understood as a ruined structure meant to be ...

Vess, Charles

(1951-    ) American artist. After receiving a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973, Vess briefly worked in animation before moving to New York City in 1977 to do illustrations for National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Klutz Press, and other clients. Yet he displayed a natural talent for illustrating works of Fantasy by producing a number of paintings for a 1977 edition of J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937) while also writing and illustrating his own fantasy novel, The ...

Barzman, Ben

(1910-1989) Canadian-born US scriptwriter – his collaborative script for the film The Boy with Green Hair (1948) directed by Joseph Losey was much admired – who was soon blacklisted for his earlier membership in the Communist Party, though he managed to write about twenty-five produced scripts under his own and other names; he and his wife Norma Barzman (1920-    ), also creatively active in Hollywood, had moved to Europe by 1949. His sf novel, Out of this World ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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