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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

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First Fandom

Informal fan organization founded in 1959 by Bob Madle and Don Ford, originally confined to those active in Fandom prior to 1 January 1938. Owing to the inevitable attrition of these "golden era" or "dinosaur" fans, associate membership has for many years been available to anyone participating in fan activities (including Fanzines, Conventions and sf clubs) for 30 or more years. Two awards are presented. Distinguished fans are annually added to the First Fandom Hall of Fame in both living and ...

Elam, Richard M, Jr

(1920-2013) US author whose early work was chiefly written for young readers, often aimed at teenage boys; after about 1965 he pursued other interests. Much of his output was sf, including a number of short works which appeared in such non-sf publications as Boys' Life. His first sf book was Teen-age Science Fiction Stories (coll 1952; vt Young Reader's Science Fiction Stories 1957; vt Science Fiction Stories 1964); several of the tales assembled involve Space Flight. Teen-Age Super Science ...

Masters of Science Fiction

US tv series (2007; vt Stephen Hawking's Sci-Fi Masters). IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment, MOSF Productions, Reunion Pictures, for ABC. Producers include Ben Browning, Brendan Ferguson and Adam Goldworm. Directors: Harold Becker, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Petroni, Mark Rydell and Michael Tolkin. Writers: Sam Egan, Harlan Ellison, Josh Olson, Darnell Martin, Michael Petroni and Michael Tolkin. Cast includes Sean Astin, James Cromwell, Judy Davis, Brian Dennehey, John Hurt, Malcolm ...

Kingston, Jeremy [2]

Pseudonym under which John Gregory Betancourt (1963-    ) wrote Robert Silverberg's Time Tours #6: Caesar's Time Legions (1991). Not to be confused with the UK Jeremy Kingston. [JC]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1. A team of four pizza-loving humanized turtle troubleshooters created by US artists Kevin Eastman (1962-    ) and Peter Laird (1954-    ) in a self-published black-and-white Comic book from May 1984. Initially seen as a Parody of martial-arts Superhero team-ups, they became so enormously popular that the franchise has earned back the original $1,000 the duo borrowed to print their first issue many millions of times over. Following the series' success, a ...

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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