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Pierce, John J

(1941-    ) US editor and critic, son of John R Pierce, with a background in Fandom, editor of a Fanzine, Renaissance, in the 1960s, and at that time author of reasoned polemical articles about the damage he saw being wrought on sf by writers of the New Wave. Pierce edited Galaxy November 1977-March/April 1979, years in which through no special fault of his the magazine was rapidly declining. Later he published an ambitious sequence of critical books about sf, A Study in ...

Star Blaster

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Windsor Communications Incorporated. No editor named. Ten (?) issues from 1983 to 1986. Publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / This title, one of several attempting to emulate such Media Magazines as Fantastic Films and Starlog, did so with modest success. Films covered included E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). At least ...

Bryce, Lloyd

(1851-1917) US politician, editor and author of a Future War Parody, A Dream of Conquest (June 1889 Lippincott's Monthly Magazine; 1890), which features a moderately spoofed Yellow Peril Invasion of Key West, which is virtually unmanned, and eventually New York, destroying the city. The it-was-all-a-dream conclusion of the tale may not have been intended literally. [JC]

Baker, Tim

(?   -    ) Australian-born journalist and author, mostly resident in France. His first novel, Fever City (2016), is an Alternate History tale set primarily in Los Angeles (see California), where the protagonist, a noirish detective, becomes involved first in a kidnapping and then in the assassination of John F Kennedy. The interactions between the two, and consequential revelations about the true nature of America, are interwoven in a manner reminiscent of ...

Allen, Irwin

(1916-1991) US film-maker long associated with sf subjects. He worked in radio during the 1940s; later, with the arrival of television, he created the first celebrity panel show. In 1951 he began producing films for RKO, and in 1953 won an Academy Award for The Sea Around Us, a pseudo-documentary which he wrote and directed. He then made a similar film for Warner Brothers, The Animal World (1956), which contained Dinosaur sequences animated by Willis H O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen. In 1957 he ...

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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