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Tagged: Community

UK publishing house, properly styled Victor Gollancz Ltd, famous (until its sale to the US company Houghton Mifflin in 1990) as one of the last family companies in UK publishing; in 1992 Houghton Mifflin sold the firm to the Cassell group of companies, where it became an imprint; in December 1998 it was acquired by Orion and soon became that company's imprint for all sf, fantasy and horror, excepting only some children's genre titles published as by Orion Children's Books. Gollancz's early strength was in political polemic; its main postwar strengths were detective fiction and sf: from the early 1960s to the late 1980s it was the premier UK publisher of sf books in hardcover, both native an...

Rios, Julia

Tagged: Editor

(?   -    ) US writer and editor much involved in various podcasts starting with Outer Alliance which she hosted from 2010 to 2015. As well as currently co-hosting The Skiffy and Fanty Show podcast she has acted as a narrator for this and other online magazines. Between 2012 and 2015 she was senior fiction editor at Strange Horizons; from 2014 the poetry and reprints editor for the equally highly-regarded Uncanny Magazine; and she is currently an editor at Fireside Magazine. With Alisa Krasnostein (whom see for more details) she co-edited various Young Adult anthologies – notably the three volumes in Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction series and Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fict...


Tagged: Theme

This thematic term is chiefly associated with Comics, but the concept is widespread in general sf. Numerous Superheroes are effectively defined by their superpowers and, very often, corresponding weaknesses. Superman, a major twentieth-century archetype, has a large (though varying with character rewrites) assortment of special powers supposedly resulting from his Alien origin, the lesser Gravity of Earth compared to his homeworld Krypton, and the differing radiation of our Sun: the usual catalogue includes vast strength, incredible speed (which with some doubletalk about Relativity may allow Time Travel), unaided flight, near- or total invulnerability, x-ray vision and the ability to projec...

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Tagged: Film | TV | Comics | Radio

1. US Comic strip conceived by John Flint Dille for the National Newspaper Syndicate Inc., written by Philip Francis Nowlan, based on his novel Armageddon 2419 AD (stories August 1928, March 1929 Amazing; fixup 1962). Buck Rogers appeared first in 1929 in daily newspapers, illustrated by Dick Calkins, and in March 1930 the Sunday version began, signed by Calkins although the actual illustrator was Russell Keaton (to 1933) and then Rick Yager (who also took over the daily strip in 1951). Calkins – whose illustration was embarrassingly inferior to that of his colleagues – was removed from the strip in 1947; Murphy Anderson drew the daily strip 1947-1949, followed by Leonard Dworkins 1949-1959,...

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