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Advent: Publishers

Chicago-based specialist publishing house, founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and other sf fan members of the University of Chicago Science Fiction Club. The focus of Advent:Publishers was on critical and bibliographical material, together with works relating to Fandom. Its first book was Damon Knight's In Search of Wonder (coll 1956; exp 1967; exp 1996). Other notable critical volumes are James Blish's two collections of incisive essays The Issue at Hand (coll 1964) and More Issues at Hand (coll ...

Münch, Paul Georg

(?   -?   ) German author of an anonymous Future War tale, Hindenburgs Einmarsch in London (1915; trans Louis G Redmond-Howard as Hindenburg's March into London: Being a Translation from the German Original 1916) as by Einem Deutschen Dichter ["A German Poet"], told from a patriotic German standpoint and climaxing in the fall of London through the irresistible force and ingenuity of Hindenburg himself. [JC]

B.A.T.

Videogame (1990). Computer's Dream (CD). Designed by Hervé Lange, Olivier Cordoléani. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, DOS (1990); Amstrad, C64 (1991). / B.A.T. is a Computer Role Playing Game with a strongly multilinear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The player adopts the role of an agent of the eponymous Bureau – a secret organization which enforces interstellar law by any means necessary – who has been ordered to prevent a terrorist atrocity on the colony world of ...

Asakura Hisashi

Pseudonym of Zenji Ōtani (1930-2010), the Japanese translator of, among others, J G Ballard, Michael Crichton, Philip K Dick, Harry Harrison and Fritz Leiber. Graduating in Anglo-American studies from Osaka University, he initially worked in a textile company until 1966. A prolific translator for S-F Magazine, he was obliged to use several other pseudonyms, including Yuriko Sawa and Reiji Ōtani, for fear that multiple appearances by the same translator in a single issue would lead ...

Phantom Planet, The

Film (1961). Four Crown Productions. Directed by William Marshall. Written by Fred De Gorter, Fred Gebhardt (see Robert A Wise), William Telaak, William Marshall, based on a story by Gebhardt. Cast includes Francis X Bushman, Anthony Dexter, Loretta Faith, Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Richard Kiel and Richard Weber. 82 minutes. Black and white. / Spaceships on routine missions are being destroyed by a mysterious planetoid (see Asteroids) that appears and vanishes, so astronauts Frank ...

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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