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Debrandt, Don H

(1963-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Payback Tattoo" for Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine #9, Fall 1990, and whose first novel, The Quicksilver Screen (1992), somewhat clumsily posits twenty-first-century Television as opening genuine portals in Alternate Worlds. The Cyber-myth sequence mixes American Mythology of the Tall Tale variety [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and Near Future conflicts: in Steeldriver ...

Fleischer, Max

(1883-1972) Polish-born animator, inventor, film producer and author, in US from 1887. His invention of the Rotoscope (patented 1915), allowing animated figures to be traced from live action images, was significant in the early history of cartoon Cinema. With his brothers Dave Fleischer (1894-1979) and Lou Fleischer (1889-1976), he founded Fleischer Studios in 1921, where he made a short documentary, The Einstein Theory of Relativity (1923), which was put into book form by Garrett P Serviss, ...

Berkey, John

(1932-2008) US illustrator, occasionally working as just Berkey, probably best remembered for his sf and space-science Illustration but who also worked in a wide variety of other genres, including the images for no fewer than 16 US postage stamps, among them the Santa Claus stamps for 1983 and 1991; he also painted the Old Elvis Stamp, the image that lost a nationwide poll in 1992 to choose between this and the Young Elvis Stamp (painted by Mark Stutzman). / While still at high school he ...

Rexner, Romulus

Pseudonym of US author born Andrezej Mariusz Toporski (1920-2009); he legally changed his name to Marion Matarisvan in 1956. In his sf novel, Planetary Legion: A Story of War and Peace, 1940-1980 (1960; rev vt Planetary Legion for Peace: Story of their War and our Peace, 1940-2000 1987), progressive forces successfully manipulate the Near Future world into a state of Utopia; it is heartfelt. There have been several editions, all of which almost certainly differ; two are listed below. [JC]

Cridge, Alfred Denton

(1860-1922) US lecturer and author, son of Annie Denton Cridge; of sf interest is his Feminist Utopia, Utopia; Or, the History of an Extinct Planet, Psychometrically Explained (1884 chap). He should not be confused with his identically named father Alfred Denton Cridge (?1824-?1902). [JC]

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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