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Rottensteiner, Franz

(1942-    ) Austrian sf critic, editor and literary agent; he has a PhD from the University of Vienna. He has edited the SF of the World series for Insel Verlag, the Fantastic Novels series for Paul Zsolnay Verlag, and the Fantastic Library series – now over 250 volumes – for Suhrkamp Verlag. He writes in English as well as in German, his critical articles having appeared in Science Fiction Studies and elsewhere. He is particularly well known for his spirited ...

DeSoto, Rafael

(1904-1992) Puerto Rican-born US artist, whose name was variously rendered as Raphael De Soto, Rafael M de Soto, and R de Soto; he may have produced a few pulp covers under the name Irene Endris. After the death of his father, DeSoto was sent to a Catholic seminary, but his obvious artistic talents directed him toward a career in art rather than the priesthood. In about 1923 he came to New York and spent some years getting what experience he could in various studios before, in 1930, signing up ...

Southall, Ivan

(1921-2008) Australian soldier and author, of sf interest for the Simon Black Young Adult sequence, beginning with his first published book, Meet Simon Black (1950; cut 1957), in which Squadron Leader Black leaves the service after World War Two and creates a rocket-powered supersonic VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Land) aircraft (see Inventions); Black improves this vehicle steadily as the series continues through Simon Black in Peril (1951), about a hunt for Nazi revanchists in a hidden Pacific ...

Conventions

One of the principal features of sf Fandom, conventions are typically weekend gatherings of fans and authors, almost invariably with a programme of sf discussion and events. In Fan Language conventions are usually referred to as cons; "relaxacons" are social gatherings with light-hearted programming or none at all. Traditional conventions rooted in old-style fandom are informal, not professionally organized, and without delegated attendees or, usually, paid speakers (although there is now a ...

Ice Pirates, The

Film (1984). MGM/United Artists. Directed by Stewart Raffill. Written by Raffill, Stanford Sherman. Cast includes Mary Crosby, Anjelica Huston, John Matuszak, Ron Perlman, Michael D Roberts and Robert Urich. 94 minutes. Colour. / Sf Parodies have seldom worked well in the cinema, but this is an exception. Jason (Urich) is a pirate captain of a Spaceship (he and his crew carry cutlasses and wear high boots) who raids merchant ships for ice (the planets in this area being arid), meets 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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