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Patchin Review, The

US Amateur Magazine of science-fiction criticism and controversy, edited by Charles Platt from Patchin Place, New York (hence the title). Seven saddle-stitched Digest-sized issues, typically 56pp plus card covers, dated July 1981 to March 1985. / The Patchin Review was intended to address what its editor saw as worrying trends in 1980s sf publishing, in particular the growing ascendancy of pure commercialism over literary values. Many articles did indeed discuss such topics, but the ...

Benoit, Pierre

(1886-1962) French poet and author, whose poetry preceded his service in World War One; he became a pacifist after being invalided out of the army. Many of his numerous romantic adventures contain fantastic elements, beginning with the second of them – L'Atlantide (1919; trans Arthur Chambers as The Queen of Atlantis 1920; preferred trans Mary C Tongue and Mary Ross, vt Atlantida 15 August-1 September 1920 Adventure; 1920) – which has remained well known outside France. A Lost World ...

Short Circuit [tv]

US animated tv series (2020-2021). Walt Disney Animation Studios. Nineteen 3-5 minute episodes, Colour. / A Television Anthology Series for which Walt Disney Animation Studios' (see Disney on Television) staff were invited to pitch ideas, to "take risks, surface new and diverse storytelling voices at the Studio and experiment with new technical innovation in the film-making process". Most of the resulting shorts, which use a variety of animation styles, were sf, Fantasy or otherwise of ...

Collins, Warwick

(1948-2013) South African-born UK biologist and author, mostly of Technothrillers like the Challenge sequence of Near Future adventures set mainly at sea and comprising Challenge (1990), New World (1991) and Death of an Angel (1993). Of greater sf interest is Computer One (1993; with new intro 1998), whose depiction of a Computer-run world, inhabited by humans too much at leisure, gives off early hints of the tangle of motifs now common in tales depicting the imminence of the Singularity. The ...

Pearce, Brenda

(1935-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "Hot Spot" for Analog in 1974. Kidnapped into Space (1975) and Worlds for the Grabbing (1977) are both routine but enjoyable Space Opera tales in which her interest in technical and technological matters sometimes shows through to advantage. [JC]

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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