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Vallance, Karl

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of Global Blackout (1954), a Near Future Disaster tale in which the world is suddenly blacked out. The cause is unknown. The protagonists of the tale survive social breakdown. [JC]

Jackson, Steve

(1951-    ) UK Game designer, author and entrepreneur. With Ian Livingstone, Jackson (who should not be confused with the US Steve Jackson) founded Games Workshop and created the Fighting Fantasy series of Gamebooks, the two most important parts of the UK games industry before it came to be dominated by Videogames. Jackson and Livingstone also designed a Role Playing Game based on the Fighting Fantasy system (Fighting Fantasy [1984 Penguin]) as well as writing a gazetteer of ...

Dinesen, Isak

Pseudonym of Danish author Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (1885-1962), who also wrote as Karen Blixen, and as by Osceola and Pierre Andrézel; as Osceola she began to publish fiction as early as 1905, releasing much of this early work under a running head, Sandsynlige Historier ["Likely Stories"] between 1907 and 1909; some of this early work has been assembled in Efterladte Fortaellinger (coll 1975; cut, trans P M Mitchell and W D Paden of Danish-language stories, as Carnival: ...

Port Iris

US low-paying downloadable Online Magazine produced by Casey Seda, Pendleton, South Carolina; quarterly from March 2010 to June 2011; 5 issues. Though close to being a Fanzine because a sizable portion of each of the first three issues covered local sf and fantasy Conventions, these were redeemed by including interviews with the various Guests of Honour, including Peter S Beagle, Catherynne M Valente and Bob Eggleton. An attractively produced magazine, each issue was a slim 30 pages or so and ...

Casey, Richard

Originally a pseudonym of Leroy Yerxa; after his death a House Name used on the Ziff-Davis magazines from 1943 to 1949. Two of the thirteen "Casey" stories, "Pearl-Handled Poison" (December 1943 Fantastic Adventures) and "Carrion Crypt" (July 1947 Fantastic Adventures) are known to have been written by Yerxa. [DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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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