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Lackey, Mercedes

(1950-    ) US author best known as a highly prolific producer of Fantasy, the category into which all her solo novels fall. Her first published story was "A Different Kind of Courage" in Free Amazons of Darkover (anth 1985) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Ship Who Searched (1992) with Anne McCaffrey is sf set in the latter's ...

Doten, Mark

(1978-    ) US editor and author in whose first novel, The Infernal (2015), a feral child suffering burns is found in the ruins of contemporary Iraq. His American captors plug him into an interrogation device known as a Memex which is "guaranteed " to extract truth from its subjects, and he begins to speak in tongues, channelling various figures from Osama bin Laden to Mark Zuckerberg. The tale avoids any thin-concept understanding in terms of ...

10 Story Fantasy

US Pulp magazine. One issue, Spring 1951, published by Avon Periodicals, edited by Donald A Wollheim. Despite the title, 10 Story Fantasy had thirteen stories, but three of these were novelettes. It featured work by several eminent authors – John Beynon (John Wyndham), L Sprague de Camp, Lester del Rey, Fritz ...

Metcalf, Norm

(1937-2019) US fan, collector and bibliographer whose The Index of Science Fiction Magazines 1951-1965 (1968) is a sequel to Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1926-1950 (1952) by Donald B Day, and covers the same ground as the computerized index for the same years edited by Erwin S Strauss (though without the latter's issue-by-issue contents listing). It should be remembered that one or other ...

Velle, Gaston

(1868-1953) French filmmaker. A director of over 80 short films, Velle was an important pioneer in the use of special effects, mainly working for Pathé Frères and the Società Italiana Cines. / The majority of Velle's films are Fantastika, though only a few can be said to be sf, and even these are borderline. Most are Fantasy, many being Féerie or "fairy plays": Velle produced ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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