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Star Battles

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts and Press. Editor: Bill Weiss. Possibly six issues, Winter 1978 to Summer 1979. / One of several sf Media Magazines issued by Fass in the wake of the success of Star Wars (1977) and the publication Starlog. Coverage included Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) and Superman (1979). Among the contributors were Allan Asherman and Jason ...

Vasset, Philippe

(1972-    ) French journalist, editor and author whose Machines sequence beginning with Exemplaire de Démonstration: roman (2002; trans Jane Metter as ScriptGenerator: Machines 1 2004) is a Satire on the contemporary Media Landscape set into a very Near Future, where the enormously sophisticated Computer-programmed ScriptGenerator has taken over the writer's function. In language whose loaded seeming blankness of affect reflects the work of J G Ballard, he displays a ...

Charlton Comics

Charlton Comics was the primary Comics imprint of Charlton Publications, founded in 1946 in Derby, Connecticut, by Joe Santangelo Sr and attorney Ed Levy. Charlton Publications published a wide variety of assorted magazines and, briefly, the Monarch paperback imprint which published some sf. Charlton Comics was notoriously the lowest-paying US comics publisher, and would often pick up material and titles from defunct publishers – obtaining, for example, a great many romance and western ...

Logan, Michael

(1970-    ) Scottish journalist and author who is of sf interest for Apocalypse Cow (2012), a gonzo exercise in comic Equipoise in which it is discovered that an infected British cow, which is in fact a bovine Zombie, has escaped slaughter; chaos soon churns the Near Future up. [JC]

Moorcock, Michael

(1939-    ) UK author and editor, married to Hilary Bailey 1962-1978; London-based until around 1980, and London-obsessed from his first vivid memories of the bombing in World War Two of its southern suburbs, an experience constantly reflected in his fiction – wartime London underlies many of its characteristic landscapes and Icons and its images of Entropy – and central to what may be his finest single novel, Mother London (1988), a work of singular complexity ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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