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Sanders, William

(1942-2017) US editor and author, who has also written as by Will Sundown; co-founder with Lawrence Watt-Evans of Helix SF in 2006. The magazine folded in 2008. During his tenure, Sanders became involved in a controversy over intemperate language about Muslims uttered by him in an email he presumed to be a private communication. His first fiction, as by Sundown, was the Pockets of Resistance sequence comprising Pockets of Resistance (1990) and The Hellbound Train (1990), describing in ...

Easton, M Coleman

(1942-    ) US author who is also employed in computer science and engineering research. He began publishing sf with "Superflare" as by Coleman Brax for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1980, using that pseudonym for some further magazine stories; with Clare Bell, with whom he lives, writing together as Clare Coleman, he has collaborated in the Ancient Pacific sequence (see Clare Bell for details). His early novels – like the Kyala sequence comprising ...

Bova, Ben

(1932-2020) US author and editor who worked as technical editor for Project Vanguard 1956-1958, and science writer for Avco Everett Research Laboratory 1960-1971, before being appointed editor of Analog following the death of John W Campbell Jr in 1971. The magazine had become creatively moribund – although it remained commercially healthy – during the last decade of so of Campbell's editorship. Bova maintained the magazine's orientation towards technophilic Hard SF but considerably ...

Molyneux, William

(1656-1698) Irish politician, scientist, soldier, philosopher, author of several speculative works; as a text that evokes Proto SF topoi, Dioptrica Nova: A Treatise of Dioptrics: in Two Parts [for full title see Checklist] (1692) is of sf interest for its inclusion of a kind of Fantastic Voyage to the Moon and other planets, though it is made solely at remote control, via telescope. [JC]

Theater Five

Radio series (1964-1965; vt Theatre-Five; vt Theater 5). ABC-Radio Network. Directors included Ted Bell, Harry Nelson and Warren Sommerville. Writers included Lillian Anderson, Sherman Dryer, Richard McCracken, Robert Newman, Saul Panitz, William N Robson and Lawrence Weinberg. Announcer and host: Fred Foy. 260 20-minute episodes, of which 256 episodes survive. / A late effort by ABC to revive US radio drama, this was a general anthology drama series which although of good quality ran for ...

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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