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Gunn, Eileen

(1945-    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What Are Friends For?" for Amazing in November 1978, though most of her work of interest dates from at least a decade later; the work assembled in Stable Strategies and Others (coll 2004) is mostly contemporary with or later than "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" (June 1988 Asimov's), while Questionable Practices (coll 2014) assembles later work. The first volume is appositely ...


The journal of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA). There have been 281 issues from 1958 to Winter 2015-2016. / Vector has been published since the foundation of the BSFA in 1958, fairly regularly since the 1970s. E C Tubb was its first editor (#1), and it has had many editors since then, including Terry Jeeves (#2-#4, 1958-1959) and Michael Moorcock briefly as co-editor (#5-#7, 1959-1960). Both production and literary quality have fluctuated severely from editor to editor, and ...

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The

Film (2003). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Stephen Norrington. Written by James Dale Robinson, based on the America's Best Comics Graphic Novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 (1999-2000; graph 2000) by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. Cast includes Sean Connery, Tony Curran, Jason Flemyng, Richard Roxburgh, Naseeruddin Shah, Stuart Townsend, Shane West and Peta Wilson. 110 minutes. Colour. / Made by filmmakers clearly unfamiliar with the nineteenth-century fictional ...

Robert Hale Limited

UK publishing firm which from 1936 through 1984, though mainly in the 1970s, published more than 450 sf novels, in hardbound editions, primarily for the library market. (In 1990 a few US sf titles were reprinted, but no originals.) A large majority of titles originating with the firm were uniform in length (192 pages) and routine in substance, most being Space Operas varied with occasional Dystopias, though other forms of sf also featured. In its early years Hale published speculative fiction ...

Mitchell-Hedges, F A

(1882-1959) UK adventurer and author whose Lost Race novel, The White Tiger (1931), features the discovery of a living Aztec civilization in Mexico. Much of Mitchell-Hedges's nonfiction is colourful, including the narrative of his discovery of a "Crystal Skull", or "Skull of Doom" in Mayan ruins, 17,000 years old, very potent. Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) makes distant use of this artefact. [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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