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Headley, Maria Dahvana

(1977-    ) US author who first came to notice for a memoir, The Year of Yes (2006). Most of her fiction has been fantasy, though infused with a generic adventurousness typical of twenty-first century Fantastika in general, beginning with Queen of Kings (2011), which initiates a proposed series featuring Cleopatra. In this tale her historical/fantasized Cleopatra (69-20 BCE) does not die from the asp that traditionally bit her, as she has sold her soul to remain alive; ...

IAFA Award

Awards presented since 1985 by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA). Winners of the Distinguished Scholarship award – presented since 1986 – are listed below. Other categories, perhaps of less general interest to the science fiction community, include the William L Crawford Fantasy Award for a debut work of fantasy, the Robert A Collins Service Award for service to the IAFA and regular Graduate Student Awards (the last being sponsored by Dell ...

Pulphouse Publishing

Based in Eugene, Oregon, this Small Press was founded by its publisher Dean Wesley Smith in 1988, in association with Kristine Kathryn Rusch and others, and specialized in sf, fantasy and horror. It began with Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine in a limited edition. By 1990 it had become quite active in book publishing also, and in 1991, with 20 employees, the company seemed on the verge of becoming a full-scale publishing house; by mid-1992, however, most of these employees had been laid off. ...

Cinefantastique

US film magazine, slick Bedsheet format. Published and edited by Frederick S Clarke from Illinois until 2000; edited by Dan Persons to 2002; edited by Jeff Bond to 2006. Fall 1970-2006. The magazine reached Vol 38, no 3, dated May/June 2006, at which point the print edition ceased (but see below). Production schedule varied from four to six numbers a year, and was latterly bimonthly. / Cinefantastique specialized in sf, fantasy and Horror Cinema, and occasionally Television; it was well ...

Feghoots

Item of sf Terminology denoting a brief, joky fictional anecdote or vignette which builds towards, and whose entire impact depends on, some more or less ludicrous punchline in the form of a pun or spoonerism; occasionally the effect is of deliberate anticlimax, as in the shaggy-dog story (see Flash Fiction; Humour). The name derives from Reginald Bretnor's sequence of around 120 Ferdinand Feghoot gag stories as by Grendel Briarton, always titled "Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot" ...

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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