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McNaughton, Charles Jr

(?   -    ) US author of a mildly exorbitant sf tale about exceptional Sex set in the very Near Future, Mindblower (1969). [JC]


Tabloid-size Media Magazine. Publisher: James Steranko as Supergraphics Publications. Editor: Steranko. 41 issues, 1972 to 1979. / While not an sf or fantasy Media Magazine per se, this title from Comics artist and author Steranko included a good deal of material on these genres. Starting life as Comixscene, it became Mediascene with issue ...

Dr Cyclops

Film (1940). Paramount Pictures. Directed by Ernest B Schoedsack. Written by Tom Kilpatrick. Cast includes Thomas Coley, Albert Dekker, Paul Fix, Charles Halton, Victor Kilian, Janice Logan, Frank Reicher, Frank Yaconelli. Circa 75 minutes. Colour. / The closeness by date to World War Two is deceptive, as Dr Cyclops, filmed in late 1939 for April 1940 release, may be the last sf film of that era to remain entirely innocent of any ...

Hurwood, Bernhardt J

(1926-1987) US author of various sorts including detections and a very early manual on adjusting to the Computer age: Writing Becomes Electronic: Successful Authors Tell How They Write in the Age of the Computer (1986). He wrote and edited occult and horror titles for the Young Adult market, like Strange Curses (coll 1975) and By Blood Alone (1979); the Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. soft-porn ...

Flecker, James Elroy

(1884-1915) UK poet, playwright and author best known for Hassan: The Story of Hassan of Bagdad and How He Came to Make the Golden Journey to Samarkand (1922), a Fantasy play with an Arabian Nights flavour, which further popularized a once-famous catch-phrase "We take the Golden Road to Samarkand" from his poem "The Golden Journey to Samarkand" in The Golden Journey to Samarkand (coll 1913 chap), about the yearning for the unattainable, ...

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 ...

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