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King, Tappan

(1950-    ) US editor and author, grandson of Austin Tappan Wright, and married to editor Beth Meacham from 1978; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Fearn" in Galaxy for September 1978, and wrote several stories until 1995. With Meacham he wrote Nightshade Book One: Terror, Inc (1976), which is supernatural horror in the Weird Tales Shared World sequence. He is best known for a Young Adult tale, Down Town: A Fantasy (1985) with Viido Polikarpus, who was also ...

Love War, The

Made-for-tv film (1970). Paramount/ABC-TV. Directed by George McCowan. Written by Guerdon Trueblood, David Kidd. Cast includes Harry Basch, Lloyd Bridges, Angie Dickinson and Dan Travanti. 74 minutes. Colour. / Six Aliens from two warring planets arrive on Earth for a duel to the death to decide which of those planets is the victor. Four are eliminated; one survivor (Bridges) opts to try to stop the fight, remain on Earth, merge with the natives, and have a relationship with a woman ...

Nippon Chinbotsu

1. Film (1973; vt The Submersion of Japan; vt Tidal Wave US). Directed by Shiro Moritani. Written by Shinobu Hashimoto, based on Nippon Chinbotsu (1973; cut trans as Japan Sinks 1976) by Sakyō Komatsu. Cast includes Hiroshi Fujioka, Ayumi Ishida, Keiju Kobayashi and Tetsuro Tamba. 140 minutes, cut to 110 minutes, then to 81 minutes. Colour. / This film is more sophisticated than the usual Japanese Disaster or Monster Movie, and involves natural rather than fantastic forces. Changes ...

File 770

US Fanzine since January 1978, edited from Los Angeles by Mike Glyer, roughly bimonthly until 1999 but thereafter publishing three or fewer issues per year until 2016 (see below); the name alludes to the legendary (though only in Fandom) party in Room 770 of the 1951 Worldcon hotel that ran for two days and was a highlight of the event. / A newsletter covering Fandom, with emphasis on North America, File 770 was begun when the previous leading US Newszine – Karass (1974-1978) edited ...

Bambaata, Afrika

(1957-    ). US musician and performer, sometimes credited with inventing "rap" as a musical style. Bambaata's first single "Planet Rock" (1982) sampled "Trans-Europe Express" by Kraftwerk and added Bambaata's vocals. Blending the designedly machinic, bloodless, north-European musical style with an impassioned African-American content, though perhaps a counter-intuitive step, was a brilliant move, and proved enormously influential on the subsequent development of hip hop. ...

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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