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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Questor Tapes, The

Made-for-tv film (1974). Universal/NBC. Directed by Richard A Colla. Teleplay Gene Roddenberry, Gene L Coon. Cast includes Mike Farrell, Robert Foxworth and John Vernon. 100 minutes. Colour. / This was the rather good pilot episode for a Television series that never sold. Questor (Foxworth), the last of a series of Android guardians deposited on Earth aeons ago by a beneficent ...

Key, Alexander

(1904-1979) US author who began publishing novels for children with The Red Eagle (1930), and who moved into Children's SF with the Sprockets Children's SF sequence: Sprockets: A Little Robot (1963), Rivets and Sprockets (1964) and Bolts – A Robot Dog (1966). These books were not likely, however, to seize a wide audience despite their amiable simplicity. It ...

World of Horror

UK letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine, printed on middle-grade paper. Published by Dalruth Publishing Group, then Gresham Publishing. Editor: Gent Shaw. Ten bimonthly issues, 1974 to 1975. / Subtitled "An Anthology of the Macabre from Film and Fiction", this magazine differed from most such contemporary titles published in either the UK or US in that it featured considerable internal colour material, then uncommon. It also ran ...

Crilley, Mark

(1965-    ) US creator of the Comic Akiko (1995-current), and of the Akiko series of Young Adult or younger sf adventures, usually in interstellar Space Opera venues lightly spoofed, based on the comic, beginning with Akiko on the Planet Smoo (2000). Crilley has a modest, comical touch with storyline, though he has not seriously stretched himself or ...

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 ...



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