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Saffron, Robert

(1918-1985) US journalist, television screenwriter and author of The Demon Device: A Novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as Communicated to Robert Saffron (1979), a mildly speculative Alternate History set in World War One, with Arthur Conan Doyle sent off by his government to destroy a German secret Weapon; he is successful. [JC]

Comics Buyer's Guide

US tabloid Media Magazine. Published by Alan Light/Krause Publications/F+W Media. Format and publication schedule both varied over the years: tabloid format on newsprint February 1971 to #1595 (June 2004); letter-size perfect-bound magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and slick paper to 2005; letter-size saddle-stapled magazine on newsprint from late 2009 onward. Publication schedule was monthly to #18 (August 1972); twice-monthly to #86 (18 July 1975); weekly from 1975 to June 2004; monthly ...

Strause, Greg

(1975-    ) US filmmaker generally co-credited with his brother Colin (1976-    ), often under their preferred joint title as "The Brothers Strause". Primarily a special-effects team, they co-directed Alien Vs Predator: Requiem (2007) and Skyline (2010); they have also provided effects, since 2002 through their company Hydraulx or hy*drau"lx, for many films including Titanic (1997), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Avatar (2009). In 2010 Columbia Pictures' ...

Ruggero, Ed

(1956-    ) US soldier and author, usually of nonfantastic military fiction, though his first novel, 38 North Yankee (1990), is a very Near Future tale in which North Korea once again invades South Korea. [JC]

Underwood, Erin

(?   -    ) US publisher and author, founder of a book fiction blog which evolved into Underwords Press in 2012; it specializes in Young Adult material. She continues as publisher of the press. She began to publish work of genre interest with "The Foam Born" in Bloodstones (anth 2012) edited by Amanda Pillar, but has been more active as an editor of Original Anthologies, including the Futuredaze sequence beginning with Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Fiction ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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