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Third Alternative, The

UK Semiprozine published by TTA Press, Ely and edited by Andy {Cox}; 42 issues, #1 [January] 1994 to Summer 2005. After a two-year hiatus it was reborn as the dark fantasy and horror magazine Black Static. The first ten issues were in A5 size, but from issue #11 (Winter 1996/1997) switched to A4 format; Black Static retained this format from #1 (September 2007) to #28 (April/May 2012) and from #29 (July/August 2012) changed – with what was now its sister publication Interzone – to ...

Samurai Jack

US animated tv series (2001-2004; 2017). Cartoon Network (2001-2004); Williams Street (2017). Creator and executive producer: Genndy Tartakovsky. Writers include Bryan Andrews and Genndy Tartakovsky. Directors include Robert Alvarez, Randy Myers and Genndy Tartakovsky. Voice cast includes Greg Baldwin, Phil LaMarr, Mako and Tara Strong. 62 episodes of approximately 23 minutes. Colour. / The first episode begins as if this were a feudal fantasy: the demon Aku (Mako 2001-2004, Baldwin 2017) ...

Gore, A K Mosha

(?   -    ) Supposedly Kenyan author who self-published the long narrative Heavens Eye (circa 2000), which is mainly set on the Utopian planet Warth, one of 500 inhabited planets across the universe. People billions years in the future live in an ideal world filled with many advanced Technologies and Inventions. [JO]

Baerlein, Anthony

(1912-1941) UK author whose sf novel, Daze, the Magician (1936), features crimes committed by the eponymous "magician" through the use of Matter Transmission. As a wartime airman he was killed, officially "in action", in a training flight crash. [JC/MA]

Woodcock, John

(1927-2017) UK painter and illustrator, active from around 1945; the colour-dense blocks and patterns of his work usually unpack into symbolic but moderately telling representation; it may seem surprising – given his continuing activity until near his death – that he did not publish more prolifically. All the same he produced covers for several authors with entries in this encyclopedia, including Jocelyn Brooke, Susan Cooper, Aldous Huxley and Charles Eric Maine. [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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