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Burg, Swan

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous. The three protagonists of his sf novel, The Light of Eden; Or, a Historical Narrative of the Barbarian Age: A Scientific Discovery (1896), are shipwrecked on a mysterious Island near Borneo, where they find a Lost Race whose token leader, a white woman, is imprisoned there. Fortunately, an Airship conveys the four to an unimaginably wealthy Arctic Utopia; some of this wealth is used by one of the protagonists to ...

Comics Collector

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and slick paper. Published by Krause Publications. Editors: Don and Maggie Thompson. Ten issues, 1983 to 1984. Publication schedule was quarterly. / A companion to Comics Buyer's Guide, this title was somewhat more dedicated than its parent to providing valuation and saleability information on Comics, with a price guide in each issue. There were also articles on popular titles of the day, including Superman and The ...

Future Life

Letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mixture of newsprint and glossy paper. Published by Future Magazine Incorporated, a subsidiary of O'Quinn Studios. Editors included Bob Woods and Herman Zimmerman. 31 issues April 1978 to December 1981. Publication schedule was generally monthly with some gaps after #16. / An attempt to establish a more science-fact oriented companion to Starlog, this magazine was initially entitled Future but with the March 1979 issue became Future ...

Underwood-Miller Inc

US Small Press founded in 1976 by Pennsylvania-based Chuck Miller and Tim Underwood, who worked in California. Their first book, a first hardcover edition of Jack Vance's The Dying Earth (1950; their edition 1976) almost accidentally set them on a course which would identify them with that author, many of whose works, new and old, they subsequently released. Other ambitious projects included several nonfiction books about Stephen King and a well-edited five-volume edition of The Collected ...

Gann, W D

(1878-1955) US finance trader and author, deeply involved in prognosticating the market, applying mathematics and astrology in his attempts (financially successful) to predict share prices. Most of his nonfiction dealt not only with stockmarket predictions but with the future in general (see Futures Studies). He is of sf interest for The Tunnel Thru' the Air; Or, Looking Back from 1940 (1927), a Near Future tale featuring a protagonist whose Fundamentalist belief in the Bible (Gann was a devout ...

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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