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Lee, Walt

(1931-2014) US film-writer, historian and consultant with a 1954 BS in physics. He was best known in genre circles for his monumental, self-published Reference Guide to Fantastic Films: Volume 1 A-F (1972), Volume 2 G-O (1973) and Volume 3 P-Z (1974), written with Bill Warren (the credit on each title page is "compiled by Walt Lee, assisted by Bill Warren") and containing upwards of 20,000 entries. Fantasy, occult and horror films feature more largely than pure sf, but the latter is ...

Stine, G Harry

(1928-1997) US author who published most of his early work, most of it Children's SF, as by Lee Correy, but who in the 1980s began increasingly to publish fiction under his own name; his popularizing nonfiction about space travel and satellites had always been released under his own name, however, as was his first story, "Galactic Gadgeteers" in Astounding for May 1951. As Correy, his best-known sf tale is "'... And a Star to Steer Her By'" (June 1953 Astounding), to which his first novel, a ...

Lafferty, R A

(1914-2002) US author who worked in the electrical business until retiring to write full-time in 1970; he came to writing only in his forties, publishing his first sf, "Day of the Glacier", with The Science Fiction Stories in January 1960. Over the next twenty-five years (he reportedly retired from writing at the age of about seventy) he produced very many stories – about 200 have been published – and a number of novels. The extremely active Small-Press interest in his work gave ...

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Film (1987). Amblin/Universal. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. Director Matthew Robbins. Written by Brad Bird, Robbins, Brent Maddock, S S Wilson, based on a story by Mick Garris. Cast includes Michael Carmine, Hume Cronyn, Frank McCrae, Elizabeth Pena and Jessica Tandy. 106 minutes. Colour. / Originally intended as an episode of the television series Amazing Stories, this film betrays its small-screen origins in its slightness of plot. A run-down rooming house with diner, which ...

Dulac, Odette

Pseudonym of French opera singer, songwriter, sculptor and author Jeanne Latrilhe (1865-1939); in the first capacity, she starred most frequently in French operettas, as well as maintaining a cabaret career, until 1904. Active as an author of fiction and nonfiction from before World War One, she published one tale of sf interest, Tel qui l'est! (1926; trans Brian Stableford as The War of the Sexes 2015), in which explorations into exorbitances of sexual Biology, along with a touch of Theosophy, ...

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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