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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

A professional guild created in 1965 as Science Fiction Writers of America, to inform sf writers on matters of professional interest, to promote their professional welfare, and to help them deal effectively with publishers, agents, editors and anthologists; in 1992 (see below) it was renamed the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America while retaining the initial SFWA; in March 2022 it was announced that these same initials would henceforth stand for the more global Science Fiction and ...

Johns, Kenneth

Pseudonym used for collaborations between Kenneth Bulmer and John Newman on a long series of science-fact articles for New Worlds and Nebula Science Fiction 1955-1961. [JC]

Mason, Robert

(1942-    ) US author who became known for Chickenhawk (1983), a memoir of his stint as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He is of sf interest for the Solo sequence, which begins with Weapon (1989). Ostensibly a Technothriller, and filmed as such as Solo (1996) directed by Norberto Barba, it avoids the more restrictive implications of that term by concentrating on an AI; Solo, the Robot referred to in the title, learns more about being human in his Android body than about being ...

Master of the World

Film (1961). AIP. Directed by William Witney. Written by Richard Matheson, based (not very closely) on Robur le conquérant (1886; trans as The Clipper of the Clouds 1887; vt Robur the Conqueror 1887) and Maître du monde (1904; trans as Master of the World 1914) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Charles Bronson, Henry Hull, Vincent Price and Mary Webster. 104 minutes. Colour. / Master of the World owes more to the Disney version of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1954) – which ...

Fagan, H A

(1889-1963) South African judge and author, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Africa 1956-1959, whose writing career in Afrikaans extended from before 1914 to the year of his death. In his sf novel Ninya: A Fantasy of a Strange Little World (1956), which was first published in English, survivors of a crash landing on the far side of the Moon a century hence encounter many strange adventures of an emblematic nature reminiscent of C S Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet (1938) and its ...

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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