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Lipsyte, Sam

(1968-    ) US academic and author, son of Robert Lipsyte; known for the surging, gonzo, phosphorescent thrust of nonfantastic novels like The Ask (2010), whose targets include a highly Satirical portrait of finance influence and corruption at an American university. He is of sf interest for Hark (2019), set in a Near Future world raddled by the consequences of Climate Change, with a land war in Europe threatening World War Three, and featuring the eponymous failed filmmaker ...

Star Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, published by Ballantine Magazines, January 1958. This was an attempt to convert Frederik Pohl's Star Science Fiction Stories into a magazine after its first three issues (1953-1954) in book format. Although a second magazine issue was mooted, sales did not warrant continuing in that form and it reverted to book format at the end of 1958. The magazine replicated some of the contents of the anthology, including a cover by Richard Powers, but somehow the content ...

Fischer, Leonard

(?1903-?1974) Canadian author whose Let Out the Beast (1950) is a Post-Holocaust reversion-to-savagery tale in which it is the protagonist who – unusually – becomes the feared enemy of those engaged in trying to rebuild civilization. [JC]

Williams, Paul

(1948-2013) US editor and author who began publishing sf nonprofessionally as a teenager, bringing out four issues of a fanzine, Within (1962-1963), and speaking to Boston library school students on sf as literature for young adults. In 1966 he founded Crawdaddy!, the first US rock magazine (see Music), which he edited through 1968, and then 1993-2003. The first issue (January 1966) was typed on David G Hartwell's typewriter and printed on Ted White's mimeograph machine; later issues included ...

Stone, Charles John

(1837-1886) UK author of nonfiction works about the origins of religion, and of What Happened After the Battle of Dorking; Or, the Victory of Tunbridge Wells (1871 chap) anonymous, a response to the grim Battle of Dorking scenario as argued so alarmingly by George T Chesney. In this case the successful reversal of Britain's defeat is placed in Tunbridge Wells, Kent; the tale is told by a participant to his grandson, fifty years hence. [JC]

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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