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Goldstein, Lisa

(1953-    ) US author who began writing work of genre interest with The Red Magician (1982), a fantasy based on Hungarian motifs and venues and set during the Holocaust (see Holocaust Fiction; World War Two); it won the American Book Award for that year. With considerable intensity, and in a style which treats sf and fantasy material through a Magic-Realist looking-glass, Goldstein has since then consistently submitted her protagonists – who are in any case generally ...

Givins, Robert C

(1845-1915) Canadian-born real estate developer (including a castle for himself in South Chicago) and author, in US from an early age; his romances were sometimes published as by Snivig C Trebor (his name spelled backwards). His one sf novel, A Thousand Miles an Hour (1913), might stand as a compendium of misunderstood science – examples being the concept of an aeroplane whose vertical screw allows it to remain still while the world turns, and the notion that Gravity stops forty miles up ...

Badger Books

The main imprint of John Spencer and Co, used by that firm on almost all their books from about the beginning of 1955 through 1967, when the imprint was terminated. John Spencer and Co. itself was founded in 1946, incorporated in 1956 and eventually dissolved in 1983; like several other UK firms (e.g., Curtis Warren), it specialized in the production of purpose-written paperback originals in various popular genres, though the early 1950s saw some emphasis on magazines (in small-Digest and ...

Willis, Meredith Sue

(1946-    ) US author active since the early 1990s, much of her work being nonfiction about the art of writing. Of some sf interest is the Young Adult tale The City Built of Starships (2005), whose young Ecologically-sound protagonist confronts old-guard remnants of the expedition which has attempted to colonize (see Colonization of Other Worlds) the beleaguered planet she hopes to save, along with its sentient inhabitants. [JC]

Masters of Horror

US tv series (2006-2008). Production companies include IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions for Showtime. Created by Mick Garris. Executive producers include Keith Addis, Morris Berger and Mick Garris. Directors include Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper and Lucky McKee. Writers include Stuart Gordon, Sam Hamm, Sean Hood and Richard Christian Matheson. Cast includes Angela Bettis, Sean Patrick Flanery, Ezra Godden, Elliott Gould, Jason Priestly and Susanna ...

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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