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Roycraft, Jaye

(?   -    ) US author of Raincraft (2005), a noirish detective romance whose young protagonist, sent to a new planet, finds her Telepathic powers both useful and potentially deadly (as they mime the powers of humanity's loathed foes); in the Che Kincade sequence comprising Half Past Hell (2012) and Hell's Warrior (2012), which features different protagonists, Vampires and humans attempt to maintain an uneasy peace, but murder and treachery come close to ending ...

Hunter, Evan

One of the first pseudonyms and from 1952 the adopted legal name of US author born Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926-2005), who ultimately became better known as Ed McBain, under which byline he wrote at least over fifty laconic police procedurals as well as some action-detections in the John D MacDonald mould. All in all, Hunter/McBain published about 150 books. As Hunter he is most famous for novels like The Blackboard Jungle (1954) and Strangers When We Meet (1958); his later career had little ...

Shaw, Larry T

Working name of US author and editor Lawrence Taylor Shaw (1924-1985), an active sf fan from the early 1940s and a member of the Futurians; married to Lee Hoffman 1956-1958. His fanzine Destiny's Child is best remembered for the 1945 issue carrying Damon Knight's critical attack on that year's Astounding serialization of A E van Vogt's The World of Ā (August-October 1945 Astounding; rev 1948). Beginning with "Secret Weapon" for Fantasy Book in 1948 as by Terry Thor, Shaw published some sf ...

Longevity in Publications

It has long been understood that sf and fantasy have been blessed by a remarkable number of writers whose lives and careers have been notably extended (see Longevity in Writers). The phenomenon is also noticeable in SF Magazines and the extended tenure of several editors. The longest surviving magazine, at least by name, is Weird Tales which continues today, ninety years after it first appeared in 1923. However, the original magazine series ceased in 1954, did not reappear until 1973, and has ...

My Science Project

Film (1985). Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners II. Written and directed by Jonathan R Betuel. Cast includes Dennis Hopper, Raphael Sbarge, Fisher Stevens, John Stockwell and Danielle von Zerneck. 94 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / One of an epidemic of teen sf movies (Back to the Future, Explorers, Real Genius, Weird Science, etc.), this was among the less successful, even though its director, whose debut this was, had previously written the much better teen movie The Last Starfighter ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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