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Flesh Gordon

Film (1974). Mammoth/Graffiti. Directed by Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm. Written by Benveniste, William Hunt. Cast includes Suzanne Fields, John Hoyt and Jason Williams. 90 minutes, cut to 84 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Colour. / This burlesque of Flash Gordon began as a cheap soft-porn film, but became relatively expensive as the special effects became more elaborate. Work on it continued for nearly two years and many special-effects technicians were involved, some uncredited; they ...

Riley, Brett

(1970-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel Comanche (2020), is a Western involving the century-old ghost of a gunslinger. His sf tale, Lord of Order (2021), set in a post-Technology Ruined Earth version of a balkanized America, confronts the "Lord of Order" of New Orleans with a crisis of survival. [JC]

Lasser, David

(1902-1996) US editor and author who worked in various capacities for a number of Hugo Gernsback journals, most prominently as Managing Editor of Air Wonder Stories in 1930, of Amazing Detective Tales in 1930 (see Scientific Detective Monthly), of Wonder Stories Quarterly between 1930 and 1933, and of Wonder Stories from 1930 to 1933. He was notable for his attempts to shift Genre SF away from the crude Space Opera then prevalent; but was fired in 1933 by Gernsback because of his socialism. His ...

Watt-Evans, Lawrence

Working name of US author Lawrence Watt Evans (1954-    ), who began publishing sf in 1975 with "Paranoid Fantasy #1" for American Atheist as Evans, creating his current hyphenated surname in 1979 (at the request of Lester del Rey) to distinguish himself from another Lawrence Evans; he has also written stores as by Walter Vance Awsten and Ties as by Nathan Archer (see Checklist). He has constructed several scripts for Marvel Comics. He has been moderately prolific as a short ...

Wolfe, Gary K

(1946-    ) US academic and author, associated with Roosevelt University in Chicago since 1971; as Dean of University College between 1981 and 1990; married to Dede Weil from 1997 until her death in 2000. Some of his earlier essays, like "The Known and the Unknown: Structure and Image in Science Fiction" (in Many Futures, Many Worlds, anth 1977, ed Thomas B Clareson), prefigured the typology of sf he presented in full in his most significant scholarly work, The Known and the ...

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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