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Passes, Alan

Working name of UK screenwriter, translator, film technician and author Alan Pazolski (1943-    ), who has signed himself Alan Passes-Pazolski since 1978. His first sf story was "Spoor" for New Worlds in June 1969, and he has written two sf plays, "Mystic of the Western World", produced 1976, and "Death Raise", produced 1977. Film-work includes co-author credits for The Pianotuner of Earthquakes (2005), about a doctor attempting to transform a singer into a mechanical entity ...

Finney, Jack

Working name of US author Walter Braden Finney (1911-1995), whose career began when he was 35; he published his first work in the genre, "Such Interesting Neighbors" for Collier's Weekly, 6 January 1951. Although he is as well known for sf as for anything else, he did not specialize in the field, adapting his highly professional skills to mysteries and general fiction as well. Stories from his first years as a writer of sf can be found in The Third Level (coll 1957; vt The Clock of Time 1958) ...

Reed, P Fishe

(1817-1887) US author whose Lost Race novel for boys, Beyond the Snow: Being a History of Trim's Adventures in Nordlichtschein (1873), carries its protagonist to the North Pole, where a civilization of abnormally tall and thin folk is discovered. [JC]

Terra Incognita

US letter-size Semiprozine published by Jan Berrien Berends, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. It ran for six issues from Winter 1996 to Fall 2000. Unusual amongst sf magazine, Terra Incognita remained Earthbound. It wanted only stories that were set on the Earth, in the present or future, but no fantasy or Alternate History. It had an impressive start with stories by L Timmel Duchamp, Kadis Elliot and Darrell Schweitzer amongst others, an interview with Octavia Butler and an essay by Nicola Griffith, ...

Duka, Ivo

Joint pseudonym of émigré Czech authors Ivo Ducháček (1913-1988) – in the Czech Diplomatic Service in exile during World War Two; later an academic – and his wife Helena Koldová (1928-1997), a photographer and video artist. After a short post-war parliamentary career in Czechoslovakia, Ducháček moved to the US after the Communist takeover in 1948. Ducháček was in charge of the Czech broadcasting department of the Voice of ...

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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