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Biro, Val

Working name of Hungarian-born illustrator and author Balint Stephen Biro (1921-2014), in the UK from 1939 until his death. During his prolific career as a book illustrator, which began in the early 1940s – his woodcut illustrations for Paul Tabori's Private Gallery (coll 1944) are already extremely accomplished – he executed a number of covers for sf and fantasy books, though never in a style that demonstrated any deep affinity for the iconography of the fantastic; an early cover ...

Battlefleet Mars

Board and counter Wargame (1977). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by Redmond Simonsen, B E Hessel. / BattleFleet Mars is a convincing simulation of a limited conflict between an Earth-based corporation and the rebellious employees who operate its colonies on Mars and in the asteroid belt, presented as part of a realistic Future History of the inner solar system during the twenty-first century. Unusually, most of the spacecraft in the game are civilian vessels hastily adapted ...

Peters, S M

(?   -    ) Canadian author, possibly pseudonymous, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Ticker Hounds" for On Spec in Winter 2005. Whitechapel Gods (2008) is a Steampunk tale set in an Alternate History version of Whitechapel, in east London, years after a failed revolt against the gods of the machine. Two of them, Mama Engine and Grandfather Clock, have transformed Whitechapel into a hellish Keep. Peters's second novel, Ghost Ocean (2009), is an ...

Mandrake the Magician

US newspaper Comic strip (1934-2013) created by Lee Falk – also the creator of The Phantom – and for many years drawn by Phil Davis (1906-1964); subsequently by Fred Fredericks (1929-2015), who also wrote the strip for many years after Falk's death but retired in 2013. The caped and top-hatted Mandrake is a master of Hypnosis, imposing his illusions on criminals, Mad Scientists and other foes by mere gesture: "Mandrake gestured hypnotically ..." There have also been various Mandrake ...

Outer Limits, The

1. US tv series (1963-1965). A Daystar/Villa di Stefano Production for United Artists, ABC TV. Created by Leslie Stevens, also executive producer. Produced by Joseph Stefano (season 1), Ben Brady (season 2). Writers included Stefano (many episodes), Stevens, David Duncan, Robert Towne, Harlan Ellison, Meyer Dolinsky, John Mantley, Jerry Sohl and Ib Melchior. Directors included Byron Haskin, Leonard Horn, Gerd Oswald and Charles Haas. Two seasons; 49 50-minute episodes. Black and white. / ...

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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