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International Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, November 1967 and June 1968, published by Galaxy Publishing Corp, edited by Frederik Pohl. The interesting idea of reprinting stories from all over the world – authors ranging from Arkady Strugatski (Russia) through Hugo Correa (Chile) to Damien Broderick (Australia) – sadly but unsurprisingly met with no success. [FHP/PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Contamination: Alien Arriva Sulla Terra

Film (1981; vt Contamination; vt Alien Contamination). Cannon. Directed by Luigi Cozzi. Written by Cozzi. Cast includes Lisa Hahn, Louise Marleau, Martin Mase, Ian McCulloch and Siegfried Rauch. 85 minutes. Colour. / "In Italy," says Cozzi, "when you bring your script to a producer, the first question he asks is ... What film is your film like?" This is one of several competing Italian attempts to exploit the success of Alien (1979). Its opening imitates Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 (1979) ...

Lichtenberg, Jacqueline

(1942-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Operation High Time" for If in January 1969, but soon concentrated on fan fiction set in the Open Universe permitted by the owners of Star Trek; Star Trek Lives! (1975) with Sondra Marshak and Joan Winston is a famous nonfiction description of the early days of Star Trek fandom. Her first book was House of Zeor (1974), the initial volume of the Sime/Gen sequence, also an open-universe series, which continued with Unto Zeor, ...

Lang, Gregor

Pseudonym of US industrial colour consultant and author Faber Birren (1900-1988), prolific as a theorist in the printing and the art of colour from 1934 under his own name; his one work of some sf interest, Terra: An Allegory (1953), places symbolic characters and events in a vague Near Future context, where they contend for the soul of humanity. [JC]

Gems, Jonathan

(1952-    ) US screenwriter and author of Mars Attacks! (1996), a Tie to the Tim Burton film Mars Attacks! (1996), which it novelizes. This film's screenplay was also by Gems, based on the "Mars Attacks" series of Topps trading cards (1962); he had earlier co-scripted Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), based on Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell. [JC/DRL]

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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