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Schealer, John M

(1920-2008) US businessman and author whose Zip-Zip sequences, beginning with Zip-Zip and His Flying Saucer (1956), offers Space Opera adventures for younger readers; Mars and Venus are visited harmlessly. The Sycamore Warrior: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt (1960) verges on the fantastic in its depiction of the effects of a mysterious statue on two young protagonists, one from 2650 BCE, the other from 1470 BCE. [JC]

Davidson, Steve

(1958-    ) US fan (active with letters published in SF Magazines as early as 1978), editor and publisher. In 2012 he acquired the then-moribund Amazing Stories (which see), reviving it first as a lively website with a news and reviews blog, then with ebook and webzine issues, and – with help from Kickstarter funding – as a print magazine from August 2018 (#614 dated Fall 2018) to Summer 2020 (#619) with Ira Nayman as editor. Financial problems then led to ...

Yinhe Award

["Galaxy Award"] A prestigious accolade awarded intermittently since 1986, annually since 1991, to Chinese authors, originally organized as a collaboration between the magazines Zhuihui Shu ["Tree of Knowledge"] and Kexue Wenyi ["Science Literature and Art"]. With the folding of the former and the renaming of the latter as the more famous Kehuan Shijie ["SF World"], the award has become the sole prerogative of China's leading genre magazine, occasionally leading to gripes regarding bias and ...

Sanborn, Robin

(?   -    ) US author in whose Near Future novel, The Book of Stier (1971), a youth movement inspired by the Music of the mysterious Richard Stier overtopples all American institutions. As a sign of the devastation wreaked by this countercultural putsch, Canada eventually takes over the USA. [JC] see also: Messiahs. /

Hyams, Peter

(1943-    ) US cinema director, producer and cinematographer, formerly a jazz drummer and television news anchorman; his first directed film of genre interest was Capricorn One (1977), which he also wrote: an exercise in Paranoia in which, with the unwise cooperation of NASA, a Mars mission is faked (Hyams is fond of government-based conspiracies). The next and perhaps his best is the "High Noon in space" adventure Outland (1981), set on Jupiter's moon Io. This was however ...

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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