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Mistral, Bengo

A House Name of the London-based Gannet Press, used for Norman A Lazenby's The Brains of Helle (fixup 1953) and for two other novels: Pirates of Cerebus (fixup 1953) by B Ward, based on Ward's stories in John Spencer magazines (see Badger Books); and Space Flight 139 (1954), whose author has not been identified. [JC/DRL]

Urban Legends

Modern oral folklore – also spread via newspapers, photocopier graffiti and, now predominantly, the Internet (see Creepypasta). An urban legend is typically a Tall Tale [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] with a frisson of deserved comeuppance or Horror, very often related as having actually happened to a "friend of a friend" – a ...

Galaxy [music]

German/Swiss prog-rock band, founded in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1977, who sang in English. The songs on their one album release, Nature's Clear Well (1978) are mostly environmental in theme, with a Dystopian vision of urban living, and the hint ("I've Come From A World") of extraterrestrial intervention. [AR]

Outlands

UK slim Digest-size magazine. One issue, Winter 1946. Published by Outlands Publications, Liverpool; edited by Leslie J Johnson. An abortive Semiprozine of undistinguished fiction, subtitled "A Magazine for Adventurous Minds", Outlands included stories by John Russell Fearn and Sydney J Bounds (his first published story, "Strange Portrait"). A second ...

Gamboe, Scott

(1969-    ) US author whose Avenger sequence, comprising The Killing Frost (2006) and New Dawn Rising (2009), is Military SF set within an interstellar Space Opera venue, where a human coalition, corrupted from within by politicians, comes close to war with an Alien counterpart hegemony; the hero of the tale breaks all the rules in order to gain ...

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 ...



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