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Buzzati, Dino

(1906-1972) Italian author and journalist. From his first unsettling children's stories in the 1930s he was noted for the Kafka-like anxiety riddling his apparently simple plots, though he argued futilely against the link. The best-known of them is probably La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia (1945; trans Frances Lobb as The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily 1947), which leaves the bears' success in cohabiting with humans very much up in the air. Catastrophe: The Strange Stories of Dino ...

Asimov's Science Fiction

US SF Magazine which began as Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in Spring 1977 but was retitled Asimov's Science Fiction from November 1992. Quarterly from Spring 1977, bimonthly from January/February 1978, monthly from January 1979, four-weekly from January 1981; it dropped to 11 issues per year in 1996 with a combined October/November double issue; ten issues a year from 2004 with a further combined April/May double issue; and six double issues a year from 2017. Published by Davis ...

FJA's Monsterland

Letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper, with some glossy pages. Published by New Media Publishing. Editor: Forrest J Ackerman to #9, then James Van Hise. 17 issues, February 1985 to Fall 1987. Publication schedule was nominally bimonthly, but in fact fairly erratic. / This was Ackerman's return to Monster Movie magazines after the demise of Famous Monsters of Filmland. FJA's Monsterland attempted to combine coverage of classic Horror and sf film with modern gore and ...

Hansen, Essa

(?   -    ) US Cinema sound designer active from around 2009 as Nia Hansen, and author whose The Graven sequence of Space Operas beginning with Nophek Gloss (2020) carries its vengeance-seeking protagonist through an exceedingly complex and expanding galaxy, with the ambivalent aid of a sentient Starship, via intersections with a wide range of Aliens, all embedded in what turns out to be a Multiverse. The protagonist Caiden becomes more interesting – as ...

Wormser, Richard

(1908-1977) US screenwriter and author who worked in various genres from the beginning of the 1930s. Under his own name and of some sf interest were Thief of Bagdad (1961) and The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), both film Ties, and Pan Satyrus (1963), featuring a chimpanzee in space. He is credited with something like seventeen Nick Carter tales (see Nick Carter), none of them apparently of sf interest. He wrote a tie to the Television series The Green Hornet (1966-1967): The Green ...

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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