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Stand, The

US tv miniseries (1994). Laurel Entertainment/ABC Television. Executive producers Stephen King and Richard Rubinstein. Directed by Mick Garris, teleplay by King based on his own novel The Stand (1978, text restored rev 1990). Cast includes Gary Sinese as Stu Redman, Molly Ringwald as Frannie Goldsmith, Rob Lowe as Nick Andros, Adam Storke as Larry Underwood, Laura San Giacomo as Nadine, Ruby Dee as Mother Abigail, James Sheridan as Randall Flagg, Matt Frewer as Trashcan Man and many others. ...

Passing Show, The

UK weekly paper of humour and short fiction which had two distinct incarnations, both published by Odhams Press, London. The first series ran for 918 issues from 20 March 1915 to 19 March 1932. This was a small tabloid-size magazine, initially with wartime paper restrictions, that gradually grew in size to become a standard tabloid from January 1924. The emphasis was on cartoons and brief humorous stories, but it occasionally ran to longer items and is probably best remembered, in this ...


Major US weekly magazine which ran from 10 May 1924 to July 1950. It was founded by Robert McCormick of the Chicago Tribune who wanted a magazine along the lines of Collier's Weekly and the Saturday Evening Post. Liberty never reached the heights of those magazines, but it was still regarded as a prestigious market. The initial editor, John Neville Wheeler, built up the circulation primarily for women readers and it carried little that could be classified as sf or fantasy, though he did poach ...

Lamport, Richard Fifield

(?   -?   ) UK author of Veeni the Master: "The Story of a Dream": A Romance (1912), a tale in which fantasy and sf topoi crudely intersect as humanity faces the End of the World after a Comet strikes (see Disaster), but a remnant are saved through the ministrations of the eponymous Veeni, who seems to hold a Secret Master brief over Homo sapiens. Those lucky enough to be selected are embedded by Identity Transfer into the bodies of the humanoid inhabitants of a ...

Lewis, Martin

Working name of Martin Owen Lewis Petto (1980-    ), UK critic and editor. As a reviewer, he has published widely since 2001, notably at Strange Horizons. Lewis has been reviews editor for the British Science Fiction Association's critical journal Vector since 2010 and was a judge for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2010 and 2011. He is a contributor to the third edition of the present encyclopedia, specializing in Cinema. [ML]

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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