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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

Heavy Metal

Glossy letter-size US colour Comic-strip magazine inspired by the French magazine Métal Hurlant and initially reprinting English-language versions of mainly sf and fantasy material from this and other French, Italian and Spanish sources alongside similar matter by select US contributors. Published monthly April 1977-December 1985, quarterly from the Winter (i.e., January) 1986 issue and then bimonthly from March 1989, ...

Foyle, Naomi

(?   -    ) UK editor, poet and author whose first novel, Seoul Survivors (2013), is a Near Future thriller set just before a meteor known as Lucifer's Hammer threatens to devastate the planet, as in Larry Niven's and Jerry Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer (1977), about a Comet striking Earth. A plot to use ...

Gandalf Award

An Award created by Lin Carter to honour Fantasy authors, voted and administered in parallel with the annual Hugo Awards and presented at the Hugo ceremony (an invariable feature of Worldcon). The Grand Master of Fantasy award, for life achievement in fantasy, was given each year from 1974 to 1981; dates below are the dates of presentation. Additionally, ...

Sender, The

Film (1982). Kingsmere Properties/Paramount. Directed by Roger Christian. Written by Thomas Baum. Cast includes Paul Freeman, Kathryn Harrold, Zeljko Ivanek and Shirley Knight. 91 minutes. Colour. / This modest melodrama, on the borderline between sf and Horror, tells of a hospitalized young man (Ivanek) whose Psi Powers of telepathic projection and Telekinesis cause major disruption. As ...

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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