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Graphic Novel

To speak of the graphic novel is to speak of a particular kind of Comic book – usually a book-length work in the comics format published in a non-periodical format – but to do so is to risk applying what has become a marketing term to questions of definition, transforming a practical distinction into what looks superficially like a separate genre. In 2004, in response to the widespread misunderstanding of the implications of the term, the artist and illustrator Eddie Campbell ...

Rhoscomyl, Owen

Pseudonym of UK author Arthur Owen Vaughan (1863-1919), who used early experiences as a cowboy in the American West to give substance to A Scout's Story (1908), in which an Indian scout discovers a Lost World in the mountains. [JC]

Night that Panicked America, The

Made-for-tv film (1975). ABC TV. Directed by Joseph Sargent. Written by Nicholas Meyer, Anthony Wilson, based partly on the text of the original 1938 Radio play War of the Worlds by Howard Koch. Cast includes Michael Constantine, Cliff De Young, Vic Morrow and Paul Shenar. 100 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Colour. / The film recreates the 1938 Orson Welles broadcast of an updated and relocated version of H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898) which, due to its ...

Vardeman, Robert E

(1947-    ) US author whose ruthless productivity – he has written about sixty books since his first sf novel, Pleasure Planet (1974 as by Edward E George; vt Outer Space Embrace 1978 as by Monica Mounds; vt Janet's Sex Planet 1980 as by Carrie Onn; vt Intergalactic Orgy 1983 as Obie Khan; vt Sexual Coquette 1985 dos as by Marv Elous; vt Playing with Desire 1986 as by Fred Sparkrock) – has yet to give birth to tales that are more than workmanlike. As well as some ...

Nathanson, E M

(1928-2012) US author of Knight's Cross (1993) with Aaron Bank, an Alternate History take on the end of World War Two, with Hitler captured in early 1945. [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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