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Tiedemann, Mark W

(1954-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Spacer Walks" in Space and Time for December 1983 as M William Tiedemann; The Gravity Box and Other Spaces (coll 2014) is a good selection of his shorter work, which ranges from Hard SF to Steampunk and fantasy. His contributions to the Isaac Asimov's Robot Mysteries Shared World sequence of Ties based on the Robot stories of Isaac Asimov, beginning with Asimov's Mirage (2000), are competent. In his ...

Künsken, Derek

(1971-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Tidal ­Maneuvers" in On Spec for Fall 2006. Most of his later work fits into two connected Hard SF series. The Quantum Universe sequence beginning with The Quantum Magician (January-May 2018 Analog; 2018) follows the life and exploits of a Genetically Engineered Superman whose hubristic longing to advantageously understand the entire world leads him into playing confidence-man to the universe. ...

Conklin, Groff

(1904-1968) US editor who began his career as manager of Doubleday Book Stores 1930-1934, and who intermittently held various editing positions, in and out of commercial publishing, for the rest of his life; he was, however, primarily a freelance. The first of his many sf Anthologies was The Best of Science Fiction (anth 1946; vt The Golden Age of Science Fiction 1980), a huge compendium which vied in size and potential influence with Raymond J Healy's and J Francis McComas's Adventures in Time ...

Flash Fiction

A currently popular term for very short stories, formerly known as short-shorts or vignettes. Definitions vary; the acceptable length may approach 1000 words but is generally much less. Several publishers of Print Magazines liked short-shorts as a means of filling awkward spaces; they have grown more rather than less popular in the online twenty-first century, where Twitter users were long accustomed to compress significant meaning into 140-character tweets. Flash fiction is of course far from ...

Superman II

Film (1980). Dovemead/International Film Production. Directed by Richard Lester (but see below). Written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman (and, as "creative consultant", Tom Mankiewicz) from a story by Puzo. Cast includes Ned Beatty, Sarah Douglas, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp and Susannah York. 127 minutes. Colour. / Originally to be shot back-to-back with Superman, Superman II changed directors after conflict between the previous ...

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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