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Murphy, Warren

(1933-2015) US author, married to Molly Cochran, known largely for the Destroyer sequence, a long series of spoof thrillers, many with Richard Ben Sapir, featuring the Doc Savage-like adventures of Remo Williams, a White man (and avatar of Shiva the Destroyer) trained in the paranormal combat arts of Sinanju, which allow him (for instance) to interpenetrate his body with other matter (see Matter Penetration). The first titles were written mostly by Murphy and Sapir, who died in 1987, but later ...

Octopus, The

US Pulp magazine, one issue, February/March 1939, published by Popular Publications, New York; edited by Ejler and Edith Jakobsson. The issue was confusingly designated Vol 1 #4, because it was a retitling (though not a continuation) of Western Raider magazine. Title changes were not uncommon when a publisher wished to keep mailing permits without having to reapply. The Octopus could hardly have been further removed from its wild west antecedent. It was a Villain-orientated character pulp, and ...

Astounding Stories Yearbook

One of the many reprint Digest magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co, reprinting material from Amazing Stories from the 1930s and 1940s. Two issues were released in 1970, the second under the title Astounding SF. Cohen's use of such a celebrated magazine title (see Astounding) was thought by fans to be cheeky. [BS/PN/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Long, Jeff

(1951-    ) US author, initially of mountaineering novels, who made his genre debut with The Descent (1999). While including some mountaineering, this Horror thriller posits that the myth of Hell derives from a worldwide realm of Underground caverns inhabited by a Lost Race of "hadals". The hostile environment has caused many of these human-related cannibals to develop hornlike growths; they also have a diabolic fondness for Torture. Though the science is nonsensical ...

Voyage à Travers l'Impossible, Le

Film (1904; vt Whirling the Worlds; vt An Impossible Voyage). Star. Produced and directed by Georges Méliès. 30 minutes. Black and white. / This was only the second sf-oriented film to be more than five minutes long – there had been several of around one minute – made by French cinema pioneer Méliès; the first was his Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902). It involves a newly invented experimental train taking off from the summit of the Jungfrau, travelling ...

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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