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Chong, Vincent

(1981-    ) UK illustrator known primarily for his striking illustration of urban Fantasy, dark Fantasy and horror subjects, but who has also illustrated sf – for example, John Scalzi's FTL starship-set novella The God Engines (2009). Chong received his formal art education at Manchester Metropolitan University and at Northumbria University, emerging from the latter with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. His first genre commission was to illustrate Joe Hill's "You Will ...

Immortal, The

US tv series (1969-1971). Paramount/ABC TV. Concept based on the novel The Immortals (fixup 1962) by James E Gunn. Executive producer Tony Wilson. Produced by Lou Morheim. Directors included Joseph Sargent (pilot), Mike Caffey. Writers included Robert Specht, Stephen Kandel, Dan Ullman. Cast includes David Brian, Christopher George, Don Knight, Carol Lynley and Barry Sullivan. 75-minute pilot, followed by 15 50-minute episodes. Colour. / In the 1969 pilot Ben Richards (George) is discovered ...

Ingpen, Robert

(1936-    ) Australian artist, illustrator and author, active from the late 1950s; most of his work is nonfiction or fantasy, the latter usually for children; he has also illustrated a very wide range of titles. He is of sf interest for the Australian Gnomes sequence beginning with Australian Gnomes (1979), which won a 1980 Ditmar Award for best novel, though its narrative elements are presented in the form of a fictional encyclopedia. The gnomes in question are miniature ...

Cosmology

Cosmology is the study of the Universe as a whole, its nature and its origins. It is a speculative science (there being little opportunity for experiment) and in discussing past writings on the subject it is occasionally difficult to distinguish essays and fictions. Johannes Kepler's Somnium (1634) is basically an essay inspired by the heliocentric theory of the Universe, opposing the Aristotelian system then favoured by the Church (see Proto SF). Works of a similar nature include Gabriel ...

American Science Fiction Magazine

Australian monthly pocketbook magazine, a companion to Selected Science Fiction. 41 issues, May 1952-September 1955, unnumbered and undated 32pp booklets. Published by Malian Press, Sydney; no editor named, but likely to be the publisher, James Mitchell. The word "magazine" was not added to the cover until issue #25 suggesting that this had started as a book series rather than a magazine, and that the publisher had bought book rights rather than serial rights to stories. The "title" (more like ...

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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