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Ackerman, Wendayne

(1912-1990) German-born translator, in the US for many years before her death; married to Forrest J Ackerman from 1949 to 1957, and his companion in later years. She translated Stanisław Lem's Niezwyciȩżony i inne opowiadania (Warsaw, Poland: Wydawnictwo Ministerstwa Obrony Narodowej, 1964) as The Invincible (1973), from the German translation of the original; and Trudno byt' bogom (1964) [see details in Checklist] by Arkady and Boris Strugatski as Hard to be a God (1973). She ...

Escott, T H S

(1844-1924) UK editor, of The Fortnightly Review 1882-1886, journalist and author, active from 1865; he published several volumes of nonfiction about the Victorian era and its major figures. Of sf interest is A Trip to Paradoxia and Other Humours of the Hour: Being Contemporary Pictures of Social Fact and Political Fiction (coll 1899), the title story of which describes a Fantastic Voyage to a Wonderland [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and other mild Satires set in the Near ...

Amazing Stories [tv]

US tv series (1985-1987; vt Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories). Amblin/Universal for NBC. Created by Steven Spielberg. Producers included Joshua Brand, John Falsey, David E Vogel. Writers included Spielberg, Frank Deese, Richard Christian Matheson, Mick Garris, Joseph Minion, Menno Meyjes, Michael McDowell, Paul Bartel. Directors included Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Hyams, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Paul Bartel, Irvin Kershner, Danny DeVito, Tom Holland, ...

Majestic

Videogame (2001). Electronic Arts. Designed by Neil Young. Platforms: Win. / Majestic was one of the first Alternate Reality Games, and to date the only one to be launched through conventional game distribution channels. Promoted as "The Game That Plays You", it was intended to blur the line between fiction and reality by intruding into players' daily lives, an idea apparently inspired by the film The Game (1997). As part of playing the game, Majestic's subscribers would receive phone calls ...

Secret World of Alex Mack, The

US tv series (1994-1998; vt Alex Mack). Lynch Entertainment for the Nickelodeon Network. Created by Ken Lipman and Tommy Lynch. Produced by Lipman, Sean McNamara and Douglas Yellin. Directors included Paul Hoen, Allison Liddi-Brown, and Shawn Levy. Writers included Kati Rocky, Matt Dearborn, Neil Landau and Christine Eckland. Cast includes Meredith Bishop, Michael Blakley, Louan Gideon, Dorian Lopinto, Darris Love, John Marzilli and Larisa Oleynik. 78 22-minute to 25-minute episodes. Colour. / ...

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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