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Duane, Diane E

(1952-    ) US author, most respected for her work in Fantasy. She is married to fantasy author Peter Morwood (1956-    ), with whom she has collaborated on several books. She began writing fantasies with the Tale of the Five sequence – The Door into Fire (1979) and The Door into Shadow (1984), both assembled as Tale of Five: The Sword and the Dragon (omni 2002), and later ...

Matheson, Richard

(1926-2013) US screenwriter and author, initially thought of as primarily an sf writer, having begun to publish work of genre interest with "Born of Man and Woman" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Summer 1950; he was a creator of terror and fantasy in both fiction and film; his Westerns, however, are mostly nonfantastic. His sometimes daring transgressions of conventional genre boundaries marked him from the first as a ...


US magazine-publishing house, founded in 1927 and based in Chicago until 1950, then New York. It entered the sf field in 1938 when it bought Amazing Stories from Teck Publishing Corp, New York, the first Ziff-Davis issue being April 1938, edited by Raymond A Palmer under Bernard G Davis (the Davis of Ziff-Davis) as editor-in-chief. Under Palmer and later Howard Browne, ...

Keyes, Thom

Working name of US-born screenwriter and author Thomas Francis Keyes (1942-?1995), raised in the UK but also active in Hollywood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Period of Gestation" for Science Fantasy #67, September/October 1964. He also scripted an episode of Space: 1999 in 1976. Of his novels, All Night Stand (1966) is a hyperbolic rock-band novel that verges on the fantastic; ...

Tsuburaya Eiji

Working name of Eiichi Tsurumaya (1901-1970), a Japanese cameraman and producer whose work forms a key part of Japan's special effects movie tradition (see Tokusatsu). Joining Japan's nascent film business when still in his teens, he became a cinematographer and developed a considerable reputation for special effects work. During World War Two he was drafted into the Tōhō Educational Film ...

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 ...

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