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Haskin, Byron

(1899-1984) US film director. His film career began in 1919 when he became an assistant cameraman for Louis J Selznick. He directed four films in 1927, but later worked mostly as a cinematographer; he supervised the special-effects department for Warner Bros. 1936-1947. In 1947 he began directing again with I Walk Alone, a Hal Wallis production. In 1952 he formed a creative partnership with producer George Pal, directing several films for him. The first of these was War of the Worlds (1953); it ...

Syvertsen, Ryder

(1941-2015) US author specializing in sf and fantasy adventure sequences, the only one to appear under his own name being the Mystic Rebel series beginning with Mystic Rebel (1988) and ending with Cave of the Master (1990). Also under his own name he wrote Psychic Spawn (1987) with Adrian Fletcher (pseudonym of Rosemary Ellen Guiley); and with Jan Stacy he wrote The Great Book of Movie Monsters (1983). Also with Stacy, writing together as John Sievert – which was to become a House Name ...

Fantasy Commentator

US Amateur Magazine one of the earliest fan-based magazines that could be regarded as an Academic Journal based on its scholarly articles. Edited from New York by A Langley Searles in two series: first series: Fall (September) 1943 to #26, Spring/Summer 1952. Issues #27 (Spring 1953) and #28 (Fall 1953) were prepared at the time but not printed and remained uncirculated until 1986; second series: #29, Winter 1978/1979 to #59/60, Spring 2011. There were six double issues starting with #45/46, ...

Hasse, Henry

(1913-1977) US fan and sf author who frequently worked in collaboration with others – notably A Fedor, with whom he published his first story "The End of Tyme" (November 1933 Wonder Stories) and its sequel in the Tyme sequence, "The Return of Tyme" (August 1934 Wonder Stories); Emil Petaja, whose pseudonym E Theodore Pine he once shared; and Ray Bradbury, with whom he collaborated on Bradbury's first professional story, "Pendulum" (November 1941 Super Science Stories). His best-known ...

Anderson, Taylor

(1963-    ) US author of the Destroyermen sequence of Military SF tales, beginning with Destroyermen: Into the Storm (2008), which shifts its displaced highly skilled warriors from World War Two into an Alternate World where the Disaster that extinguished the Dinosaurs 65,000,000 years ago never occurred. The soldiers from our world must survive in a world torn by constant conflict between saurians and mammals. [JC]

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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