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Di Fate, Vincent

(1945-    ) US sf illustrator whose surname has sometimes been rendered DiFate by careless publishers. Born in Yonkers, New York, like many other sf illustrators he attended the Phoenix School of Design in New York City; he gained his Masters in Illustration from Syracuse University. He began his career doing tv animation for Ralph Bakshi on the series Mighty Mouse; his first professional sf illustration was for Analog (August 1969), for which most of his magazine work has ...

Robinson, Charles Henry

(1843-1940) US author who served in that country's civil war and later as a member of the Iowa legislature. His novel Longhead: The Story of the First Fire (1913) capably runs the gamut of Prehistoric SF themes from the discovery of fire to the first hints of civilization (see Origin of Man). [JC]

Defenders of the Earth

US animated tv series (1986-1991). Marvel Productions/King Features Entertainment for the Fox Television Network. Created by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and John Romita Sr. Produced by John Ahern, Bill Hutten, Tony Love, Don Sheppard, others. Directors included John Gibbs, Ray Lee, and Will Meugniot. Writers included Chris Bunch, Arthur Byron Cover, Mark Edward Edens, Mel Gilden and Mark Zaslove. Cast includes William Calloway, Adam Carl, Ron Feinberg, Buster Jones, Loren Lester, Sara Partridge, ...

McEwan, Ian

(1948-    ) UK author who began writing material of interest to the fields of the fantastic with "Solid Geometry" for The New Review in July 1974 (also February 1975 Fantastic), in which the protagonist's fascination with the "impossible" geometry (see Dimensions; Mathematics) suggested in the title drags his wife (post-coitally) into an almost literal Black Hole after he seems to discover the central code. The BBC prudishly cancelled its planned 1979 adaptation of the ...

Nude on the Moon

Film (1961). Moon Productions. Directed by Raymond Phelan and Doris Wishman. Written by Raymond Phelan and Doris Wishman. Cast includes Lester Brown, Marietta and Walter Meyer. 83 minutes. Colour. / While waiting to hear whether the government will finance his proposed rocket to the Moon, brilliant young Scientist Jeff Huntley (Brown) inherits three million dollars from his uncle and tells his colleague and mentor, the "Professor" (Meyer), that he can now pay for the project himself. ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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