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US Semiprozine published by Launch Publications, Baltimore, Maryland and edited by Matthew Walls. It saw just three issues, undated, but from Spring 1999 to Spring 2000. The title was derived from the old NASA term for Launch Complex 39, from where all the Apollo lunar missions had been launched. Walls wanted the magazine to serve as a launch pad for new writers and at the same time represent much that was central to science fiction, the desire to explore and progress. Walls believed that too ...

Shea, Michael

(1938-2009) Scottish diplomat and author, press secretary to the Queen between 1978 and 1987; it has been suggested that he left this post under a cloud for having exhibited candour. His fiction – about twenty novels in all – more safely conveys his wry, politically centrist point of view. As Michael Sinclair (his given names) he wrote a Near-Future thriller in which shameless entrepreneurs manipulate international money markets, The Dollar Covenant (1973); and, under his normal ...

Phillips, Mark

Pseudonym used for the Kenneth Malone series of novels involving Psi Powers, written by Randall Garrett and Laurence M Janifer for Astounding/Analog: Brain Twister (September-October 1959 Astounding as "That Sweet Little Old Lady"; 1962), The Impossibles (April-June 1960 Astounding/Analog as "Out Like a Light"; 1963) and Supermind (November 1960-February 1961 Analog as "Occasion for Disaster"; 1963). [BS/DRL]

Cridge, Alfred Denton

(1860-1922) US lecturer and author, son of Annie Denton Cridge; of sf interest is his Feminist Utopia, Utopia; Or, the History of an Extinct Planet, Psychometrically Explained (1884 chap). He should not be confused with his identically named father Alfred Denton Cridge (?1824-?1902). [JC]

Silent Village, The

Film (1943). Crown Film Unit, Czechoslovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information. Directed and written by Humphrey Jennings. Cast drawn from the inhabitants of Cwmgiedd, South Wales. 36 minutes. Black and white. / The Silent Village is presented as a documentary, opening with a title card describing the World War Two atrocity committed by German forces in the mining town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia on 10 June 1942. In revenge for the assassination a week earlier of Reinhard ...

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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