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Lang, Jeffrey

(?   -    ) US author associated exclusively with the Star Trek universe, beginning with "Dead Man's Hand" in Star Trek: The Lives of Dax (anth 1999) edited by Marco Palmien. He has contributed novels to several series, beginning with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Section 31: Abyss (2001) with David Weddle. [JC]

Suicide Squad

Film (2016). Warner Bros Pictures presents an Atlas Entertainment production in association with Ratpac-Dune Entertainment. Written and directed by David Ayer, based on characters first created by Ross Andru and Robert Kanigher in The Brave and the Bold #25 (September 1959) and later revived by DC Comics in Legends #3 (January 1987) written by John Ostrander and thereafter in 66 monthly issues of Suicide Squad (May 1987-June 1992) and again since in the publisher's "DC Rebirth" of its monthly ...

Strange Plasma

US Semiprozine, letter-size, published by Edgewood Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and edited by Steve Pasechnick. Intended to be quarterly the magazine ran for eight occasional issues, once or twice a year between Summer 1989 and Winter 1994, Pasechnick openly admitting that producing a Small Press magazine was "far more difficult" than he had imagined. Subtitled "speculative + imaginative fiction", Strange Plasma was too irregular to be influential, but held high standards and was one of ...

Rivas, Manuel Antonio de

(circa 1707-?   ) Mexican Franciscan friar and author of one Proto SF short story. In his time, his surname could also be written Ribas. The only biographical information Rivas appears in depositions opened against him by the Inquisition of New Spain (see Mexico) between 1773 and 1778. It seems probable that he was born in New Spain at the beginning of the eighteenth century, because in a 1777 letter he declared himself a septuagenarian. He arrived at the Yucatan peninsula in ...

Smith, Gus

Working name of UK teacher and author John Grenfell Smith (?   -    ), who also writes, for children, as Gus Grenfell. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Incorporeal Crapshooters from the Ghost Planet Kring" in Odyssey for September 1997. In Feather & Bone (2001), which is set in rural Northumberland, a spirit emanating from within the earth, and BSE (mad cow disease), are seen to be – in a sense Ecologically – linked. ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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