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Twohy, David

(1955-    ) US filmmaker, sometimes credited as David N Twohy or D T [sic] Twohy, best known for the Riddick series Pitch Black (2000), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), and The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking (2013), and as one of the two writers actually credited on Waterworld (1995). He also wrote drafts of Alien³ (1992) – where his major contribution was the Prison-planet setting – worked on the screenplay of Impostor (2001) during its expansion ...

Online Magazine in blog form, published since July 2008 by Tor Books. The domain had in the past been used as Tor's website in the conventional sense of a publisher's site. In May 2014, was also announced as the name of a new Tor imprint for novella-length ebooks and audiobooks, with a print-on-demand option and possibly even standard print publishing for a select number of titles. The editorial staff includes Ellen Datlow, Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Ann VanderMeer [for full current ...

Whyte, Andrew A

(1940-1993) US bibliographer whose main work has been to compile with Anthony R Lewis several volumes of The N.E.S.F.A. Index to Science Fiction Magazines and Original Anthologies during 1973-1984. Solo he produced The New SF Bulletin Index to SF Books, 1974 (1974 chap). He was a founder of NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) in 1965. [JC]

Ryan, C J

(?   -    ) Pseudonymous US author whose Gloria VanDeen Space Opera sequence, featuring the ex-wife of a galactic Emperor (see Galactic Empires) employed as a tough smart high-level interstellar troubleshooter at the Department of Extraterrestrial Affairs, comprises Dexta (2005) and Glorious Treason (2005). The stories are lively but unambitious; Gloria herself is more unclad than not. [JC]

Bakis, Kirsten

(1968-    ) Swiss-born US author (of Estonian parentage) whose only novel to date, Lives of the Monster Dogs (1997), comes close to Beast Fable in its complex accounting of the fate of a nineteenth-century experiment, rather similar to that dissected in H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), in the surgical modification of dogs into creatures resembling humans. The dogs' enforced removal to an effective prison environment in Canada, and their eventual escape to New ...

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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