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Punchatz, Don Ivan

(1936-2009) US designer, animator and illustrator who concentrated in the latter capacity on fantasy, though he executed numerous sf covers, sometimes signing his name Don-Ivan Punchatz or just Don Punchatz. His work appeared frequently in Slick magazines like Omni, Playboy and Rolling Stone, and for such publishers as Ace Books, Avon, Dell, Signet/New American Library, Warner Books and others, where he did many reprint covers. His high-toned and rather cheerful hyperrealistic style made him ...

Moebius Trip

US Fanzine (1969-1980) edited from Peoria, Illinois by Edward C Connor. 28 issues from 1960 to July 1980, issues #17-#28 (including the double issue #23/#24) being retitled S.F. Echo or Moebius Trip Library's S.F. Echo for Connor's much earlier fanzine Science Fiction Echo, launched June 1942. Moebius Trip was a substantial, duplicated fanzine, unusually bound in paperback book format rather than in standard US quarto size. Contents were varied; there was normally a substantial book review ...

My Life with Master

Role Playing Game (2003). Half Meme Press. Designed by Paul Czege. / Role Playing Games have been defined as examples of quantified interactive storytelling. Typically, however, only physical actions are resolved using quantified rules, leaving players and Gamemasters free to portray their characters and control the overall flow of the narrative in whatever way they wish. In My Life With Master, an award winning Independent Game, this convention is inverted. The game models a very specific ...

Scott, Gavin

(1950-    ) UK screenwriter and author, whose several novelizations of the film Small Soldiers (1998) (see Toys in SF) for the Young Adult and younger children markets include Small Soldiers (1998), Small Soldiers: The Gorgonites' s Quest (1998) and Small Soldiers: Top Secret Dossier (1998). The underlying premise of the film is that advanced Technology, specifically a combat-oriented AI, when introduced into action toys, may have unexpected consequences. Of perhaps greater ...

Todd, Ruthven

(1914-1978) Scottish scholar, poet and author, in US from 1947-1958, and then Majorca; his most important nonfiction work, Tracks in the Snow: Studies in English Science and Art (1946), effectively argued the imaginative power – when conjoined – of the two subtitled categories, instancing at length the work of William Blake (1748-1827) and John Martin; as R T Campbell, he wrote several detective novels, beginning with Unholy Dying (1945) [none contain fantastic elements, and are not ...

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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