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Northern Irish SF Magazine, Slick A4 format. Published bimonthly by Specifi Publications. Edited by Paul Campbell (?   -2021), with David Langford billed as nonfiction editor from #2. Three issues, dated February/March, April/May and July/August 1982. / During its brief slick-format existence Extro published fiction by Brian W Aldiss, Richard Cowper, Garry Kilworth, Christopher Priest, Bob Shaw, John T Sladek, Ian Watson, James White and others, along with interviews, essays ...

Kasack, Hermann

(1896-1966) German author of Der Stadt hinter dem Strom (1949; trans Peter De Mendelssohn as The City Beyond the River 1953), a tale whose setting – initially World War Two, and then a distant City where the protagonist is assigned the Kafka-esque task of serving as its official chronicler – seems Equipoisal with sf of the sort typical of "year zero" writing in Germany, but which eventually turns out to be a Posthumous Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In ...

Freiberger, Fred

(1915-2003) Film and Television writer and producer, noted for producing the final season of the original Star Trek (1966-1969), and perhaps somewhat unfairly blamed for the lower quality of that last season. With the series suffering from a reduced production budget and aired in a time slot where it had no chance of decent ratings, there was little more that he could have done. Previously, Freiberger wrote screenplays for The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) and the Bert I Gordon film The ...

Bravest Warriors

US animated online/tv series (2009; 2012-current). Nicktoons (pilot); Cartoon Hangover via YouTube (season 1 and 2); Cartoon Hangover Select/VRV (from season 3). Created by Pendleton Ward (creator of Adventure Time). Executive producers include Breehn Burns, Will McRobb, Fred Seibert and Chris Viscardi. Directors include Breehn Burns, Tom King and Adrian Thatcher. Writers include Breehn Burns. Voice cast includes Graeme Jokic, Ian Jones-Quartey, Sam Lavagnino, Liliana Mumy, John Omohundro, Tara ...

Rucker, Rudy

Working name of US mathematician, computer programmer and author Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (1946-    ), who has advanced degrees in Mathematics from Rutgers University, concentrating on transfinite mathematics and multidimensional geometry. Like many sf writers, he began very early to produce stories, but unlike most who became successful he had difficulty placing his work, in which mathematical concepts and diagrams tended to generate both plot and venue, these Thought ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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