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History of SF

Sf is an impure genre (see Definitions of SF) which did not finally take shape until the late nineteenth century, although all its separate elements existed earlier. If the labelling of any earlier story as sf depended only on the presence of sf elements there would be many such. The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, for example, has a Fantastic Voyage and a great world-flood (see ...

Balfour, Bruce

(?1958-    ) US Comics author, computer games designer from the 1980s, and author who began publishing fiction of genre interest with "Thunder Pigeon" for Fantasy Book in June 1985. In comics, he is perhaps best known for Jack the Ripper (October 1989-February 1990 Eternity Comics; graph 1990) illustrated Paul Mendoza, and for writing Keith Laumer's Retief (December 1989-October 1990 ...

Alton, Andrea I

(1946-    ) US author whose Demon of Undoing (1988), set on a planet dominated by a cat-like Alien civilization, describes the initially uneasy but ultimately effective rapport between a crippled member of Clan Fen and the human Sig, a surviving member of an expedition whose long-ago impact on the rigidly honour-bound stratified Inkairans had been destabilizing, and who are now remembered as the Demons of Undoing. Sig soon ...

Steranko, James

(1938-    ) US Comic-book illustrator, writer and one-time stage magician and escapologist; Jack Kirby based his comic-book character Mr Miracle – Super Escape Artist (1971) on Steranko. His byline is most often Jim Steranko, but sometimes just Steranko. Influenced early in his career by Kirby, Steranko rapidly developed a reputation for originality, especially with his work for ...

Science Fiction Age

US Slick letter-size magazine, saddle-stapled, published bimonthly by Sovereign Media, Herndon, Virginia, 46 issues, November 1992 to May 2000. Publisher Mark Hintz, edited by Scott Edelman. A bold and extremely welcome magazine that strove to achieve what many had tried before and failed, being a genuine Slick science fiction magazine. Science Fiction Age was the most impressive professional sf ...

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 ...

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