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O'Donnell, Mark

(1954-2012) US playwright, librettist, humorist and author, much of his work in the mode of the goonish Satire exemplified by The Harvard Lampoon, to which he contributed as by Ibis, and The Hasty Pudding Theatricals group. He is perhaps best known for his work on the musical Hairspray (first performed 2002, Seattle, Washington). His work of sf interest tends to the skit-like, as in the title novella included in Vertigo Park and Other Tall Tales (coll 1993), a sketched-in Alternate History of ...

Zelman, Aaron

(1946-2010) US author who collaborated on two sf novels with Libertarian themes: Rebelfire: Out of the Gray Zone (2005) with Claire Wolfe and Hope (2008) with L Neil Smith. He should not be confused with the television producer Aaron Zelman (1973-    ). [JC]

Open Universe

In cosmology an open universe is a model of the Universe which implies that it will continue to expand forever; in this general sense, the term is found incidentally in many sf novels. However, sf readers also use it in a quite different meaning: to designate a work or series whose characters and venues may be made use of by fans and others in Fanzines without copyright restrictions (although the original authors do sometimes impose constraints). The best known open universes of science fiction ...

Outlands

UK slim Digest-size magazine. One issue, Winter 1946. Published by Outlands Publications, Liverpool; edited by Leslie J Johnson. An abortive Semiprozine of undistinguished fiction, subtitled "A Magazine for Adventurous Minds", Outlands included stories by John Russell Fearn and Sydney J Bounds (his first published story, "Strange Portrait"). A second issue was compiled but never published. [MJE/FHP/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Weekley, Ian

(1933-2014) UK teacher and author, who should not be confused with the artist and modeller Ian Weekley (1932-2005). His sf novel, The Moving Snow (1974), rather prosaically describes how a family copes with a Climate Change crisis that brings severe Arctic conditions to the UK. All in all they survive snugly (see Cosy Catastrophe). [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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