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Star Battles

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts and Press. Editor: Bill Weiss. Possibly six issues, Winter 1978 to Summer 1979. / One of several sf Media Magazines issued by Fass in the wake of the success of Star Wars (1977) and the publication Starlog. Coverage included Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) and Superman (1979). Among the contributors were Allan Asherman and Jason ...

Philip, Alex J

(1879-1955) UK author of Rabbits: A Novel of Realism (1946), which recounts an Invasion by Aliens who treat humans as though they were rabbits, and hunt them for sport (see Games and Sport). [JC]

Deighton, Jack

Pseudonym of Scottish chemist and author Jack D Stephen (1953-    ), who was active in UK Fandom under his own name, and who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Face of the Waters", as by Jack Deighton, in New Worlds 2 (anth 1992) edited by David S Garnett. His only novel to date, A Son of the Rock: A Space Libretto (1997), which unusually combines Space Opera and Dystopia in its depiction of an interstellar culture based on the exploitation of other planets ...

Invasion [tv]

US tv series. (2005-2006). Shaun Cassidy Productions with Warner Brothers Television for ABC-TV. Created by Shaun Cassidy. Produced by Joe Lazarov, Timothy Marx, and Robert D Simon. Directors included Lawrence Trilling, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Steve Schill, Thomas Schlamme. Writers included Michael Alaimo, Juan Carlos Coto, Becky Hartman Edwards, Julie Siege. Cast includes Eddie Cibrian, William Fichtner, Tyler Labine and Kari Matchett. 22 55-minute episodes. Colour. / In the fictional ...

Eidlitz, Walther

(1892-1976) Austrian poet and author of an sf novel, Zodiak (1930; trans Eric Sutton 1931), which takes a dim view of the glorification of technical progress, espousing instead a youthful ascent towards a higher world governed on Pax Aeronautica principles (see also Transportation). [JC]

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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