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Elliot, John

(1918-1997) UK author, primarily for television, who collaborated with Fred Hoyle on two serials, A for Andromeda and The Andromeda Breakthrough, and the subsequent novelizations under the same titles (1962 and 1964 respectively). He is not to be confused with the John Elliott (note different spelling) who wrote the anti-Chinese/Soviet political thriller Dragon's Feast (1970), itself a work of borderline sf. [JC]

Hilzinger, J Geo

(1850-1911) UK-born author, in USA from around 1880 and naturalized 1893; his sf novel, The Skystone: A Romance of Prehistoric Arizona. Being Vol I of the Chronicles of Mázacl (1899), is an unusual combination of the Lost Race and the Prehistoric SF modes: the prehistoric civilization of Mázacl, which makes use of strange powers emanating (apparently) from a meteorite, turns out to be the hidden progenitors of both Aztec and Incan civilizations. No further volumes of the ...

Startling Stories

1. US Pulp magazine, 99 issues January 1939 to Fall 1955, published by Better Publications January 1939 to Winter 1955, and by Standard Magazines (really the same company) Spring to Fall 1955; edited by Mort Weisinger (January 1939-May 1941), Oscar J Friend (July 1941-Fall 1944), Sam Merwin Jr (Winter 1945-September 1951), Samuel Mines (November 1951-Fall 1954), Theron Raines (Winter and Spring 1955) and Herbert D Kastle (Summer and Fall 1955). Leo Margulies was editorial director of Startling ...

Great and Small

One of the commonest fantastic devices in literature and legend is the alteration of scale. Mythology and folklore abound with giants and miniature humans, and different perspectives dependent upon changes of scale are central to many of the Satires recognized today as works of Proto SF, most notably Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735) and Voltaire's Micromegas (in Le Micromégas de Mr. de Voltaire ..., coll 1752; trans anon 1753). Mark Twain's uncompleted works include ...

DeCandido, Keith R A

(1969-    ) US author and book-packager, almost all of whose work has consisted of Ties to various enterprises, including (in chronological order) {Spider-Man}, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Star Trek, the Resident Evil (2004) film franchise, World of Warcraft (see Online Worlds) and Command & Conquer Tiberium Wars. His first significant work, however, was in Radio, as producer and co-host of The Chronic Rift, a New York talk show devoted to sf, where he was ...

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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