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Borgo Press

Former US publishing house, a Small Press which long maintained a fairly extensive list of works of interest to sf. Its name is a play on "Borgo Pass," the name for Romania's Tihuţa Pass used in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897; rev with cuts 1901). Originally based in California, the company was founded in 1975 by Robert Reginald, as publisher and editor, and his wife, Mary Wickizer Burgess, who played an increasingly large role from the mid-1980s as co-publisher and managing editor. / ...

It Lives Again

Film (1978; vt It's Alive II). Larco/Warner Bros. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley and John P Ryan. 91 minutes. Colour. / This sequel to It's Alive (1974) has the Mutant child's father from the previous film warning another young couple that the pregnant wife may also produce a mutant baby and that the government is systematically terminating all such pregnancies, even though he has learned that the Monsters ...

Eco, Umberto

(1932-2016) Italian academic and author active from the mid-1950s, famed for his work in history, philosophy, literary criticism and semiotics. His adult novels are not explicitly sf, the closest he came to the genre being in two children's books, La bomba e il generale (1966 chap; trans William Weaver as The Bomb and the General 1989 chap) and I tre cosmonauti (1966 chap; trans William Weaver as The Three Astronauts 1989 chap), in the latter of which the eponymous trio (from competing nations) ...

Boyczuk, Robert

(1956-    ) Canadian teacher of computer science and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Jazz Fantasia" in On Spec for Winter 1993, most of his subsequent work being horror, much of it (including his first story under the vt "Jazz Threnody") being assembled as Horror Story and Other Horror Stories (coll 2009). He is of sf interest primarily for Nexus (2004 ebook; vt Nexus: Ascension 2010), a Space Opera set in a galaxy where Earth is not mentioned; the ...

Joy, Dara

Pseudonym of Donna Lanier (?   -    ), US author – perhaps the first – of romance sf conceived as a subgenre, most prominently the Matrix of Destiny series beginning with Knight of a Trillion Stars (1995), about the complicated romantic entanglement of a human woman and an Alien visitor. A standalone novel, Ritual of Proof (2001), has been described as Feminist, though the focus of this interplanetary romance seems to be on role reversal. ...

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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