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Leonhart, Rudolph

(circa 1832-1901) German-born author, in the USA from 1852, specifically in Minnesota, where he witnessed the Battles of New Ulm in 1862 between white settlers and the Sioux nation. Two of his novels are of some sf interest: The Treasure of Montezuma (1888), in which a Utopia is founded in the hidden valley of Friedenstahl with the aid of the eponymous hoard; and Either, Or (1893), a Satire on the Gilded Age in America that leads to a second ideal society. [JC]

Olesker, J Bradford

(1949-    ) US author of The Siege of Superport (1978), a Technothriller in which a "superport" built in deep waters to transfer oil to tankers is under threat by terrorists; the technologies involved are marginally in advance of 1978 reality. Beyond Forever (1981) is a Young Adult fantasy. [JC]

Herbert, Benson

(1912-1991) UK editor and author with a master's degree in science who began publishing sf in US magazines with "The World Without" for Wonder Stories in February 1931 and was fairly active in the 1930s. Crisis! – 1992 (October 1935-January/February 1936 Wonder Stories as "The Perfect World"; 1936), with an introduction by M P Shiel, deals with the ominous passage of another planet close to Earth's orbit, and with what humans discover when they land on it: the planet is actually a World ...

Sound of Horror, The

Film (1964; US release 1966; original title El sonidode de la Muerte). Zurbana Films/Vinals Distribucion Spain/Europix Consolidated Corporation US. Produced and Directed by José Antonio Nieves Conde. Written by Sam X Abarbanel, Conde, Gregorio Sacristán de Hoyos, and Gregg C Tallas from a story by Abarbanel. Cast includes José Bódalo, Antonio Casas, Arturo Fernández, Lola Gaos, Soledad Miranda, James Philbrook, Francisco Piquer and Ingrid Pitt. 91 minutes, cut ...

Teratoid Guide, The

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazines Fanzine. Editor and publisher: Claude D Plume Jr. Four undated but numbered issues, 1973 to 1974. Publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / The Teratoid Guide attempted to list all magazines concerning any type of "fantastic" films that had been published in various countries up to and including 1973. Its subtitle was "The International Guide to Magazines dealing with Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films". This admirably ambitious ...

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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