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Sackville-West, V

(1892-1962) UK author, married to Harold Nicolson and renowned for her creation of the garden at Sissinghurst, Kent; she was almost always called Vita, to avoid confusion with her mother, whose given name was also Victoria. A member of the Bloomsbury Group and a model for the title character of Virginia Woolf's Orlando (1928), she was best known for non-genre novels like The Edwardians (1930). Some of her work was fantasy, such as "An Unborn Visitant" (Christmas Number 1932 Graphic Magazine), ...

Hoffman, Lee

Working name of US sf fan and author Shirley Bell Hoffman (1932-2007), married (1956-1958) to Larry T Shaw. She first became known in the field for her two influential Fanzines, Quandry (30 issues 1950-1953) and Science-Fiction Five-Yearly (12 issues on the stated schedule, 1951-2006); the latter won the fanzine Hugo after her death. Between 1979 and 1983, Hoffman published three historical romances as Georgia York, though she is probably best known for her Westerns, of which she wrote ...

Pinborough, Sarah

(1972-    ) UK author active from around 2000, the work she has been most closely identified with being horror (but see Horror in SF). Her involvement in the Doctor Who franchise led to the Torchwood (2006-2011) Ties Torchwood: Into the Silence (2009) and Torchwood: Long Time Dead (2011). The Dog-Faced Gods sequence beginning with A Matter of Blood (2010; vt A Matter of Blood: The Forgotten Gods 2013) Equipoisally sets supernatural crimes within the frame of a Near Future ...

Galaxy Quest

Film (1999). DreamWorks Pictures, Gran Via Productions. Directed by Dean Parisot. Written by Robert Gordon and David Howard. Cast includes Tim Allen, Enrico Colantoni, Daryl Mitchell, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub and Sigourney Weaver. 102 minutes. Colour. / There is no point in Galaxy Quest where it can be forgotten that the film is an affectionate, mildly Satirical Parody of the first Television Star Trek series (1966-1969) (see also Humour), told within the frame of a ...

TV Greats: Space Stars of Movies and TV

US letter-size Cinema/Television magazine printed on newsprint paper. Publisher: Sterling's Magazines Inc. No editor named. Four issues from 1978 to 1980. / This magazine's parent publication TV Greats, launched in October 1977, was devoted to general film and television. Recognizing that Fantasy and sf had again become seriously profitable, Sterling cashed in with four erratically published special issues that focused on genre material under the title TV Greats: Space Stars of Movies and ...

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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