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Binder, Eando

The most famous of the joint Pseudonyms used by the US author brothers Earl Andrew Binder (1904-1966), who was born in Austria-Hungary and came to the US in 1910, and Otto Oscar Binder (1911-1975), who was the more active (and ultimately better known) of the two; after approximately 1934, when Earl became inactive as a writer, Otto continued to sign himself Eando Binder, so that some Eando Binder books – they were all published after 1940; several contain pre-1935 material – are ...

NOW Comics

US Comics publisher active from 1985 to 2005, also variously known as NOW Entertainment Corporation and NOW Media Group Incorporated. Founded by Tony C Caputo. / An independent publisher which was successful for some years, NOW Comics published many licensed titles based on such genre properties as the films Ghostbusters (1984) and Fright Night (1985), and the Television series The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), along with non-genre items including Married ... with Children (1987-1997). ...

Ikin, Van

(1951-    ) Australian academic, editor and author who began publishing sf stories with "The Living Water" for Pocket Man in 1968, and published short work with some frequency for the next two decades. In 1977, he founded Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature, which he edited until 1997. He also edited three anthologies: Australian Science Fiction (anth 1982), which includes a long historical survey; Glass Reptile Breakout; and Other Australian Speculative ...

Hadfield, Robert L

(1888-1958) UK author, who wrote some popular adventure fiction, including a few Sexton Blake stories (see Sexton Blake Library), none collected. His two sf novels with Frank E Farncombe, both of which come at the end of the brief era when speculations as to the powers of the Radio were moderately rife, are the Near Future Ruled by Radio (1925), in which a "Z" Ray threatens radio-mediated world peace in 1930; and Red Radio (1927), in which similar conspiracies take even more convoluted twists. ...

Giancola, Donato

(1967-    ) American artist, at times credited simply as Donato. After initially studying engineering in college, Giancola shifted his focus to art, obtaining a BFA in painting from Syracuse University College of Visual Arts in 1992. Almost immediately, he began receiving assignments to paint covers for major publishers, including Tor Books and Ace Books, creatively employing his classical training to depict unusual settings and beings – as observed, for example, in ...

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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