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Wandrei, Donald

(1908-1987) US editor and author, founder with August Derleth in 1939 of Arkham House, which they formed initially to publish the work of H P Lovecraft, whom both admired deeply. Wandrei resigned his interest in the firm after World War Two – when he also stopped writing new fiction, though much has been published for the first time in recent years – and after Derleth's death in 1971 he declined to resume it. As a writer he was justifiably best known for his Fantasy and weird ...

Steel, Mark

Almost certainly a pseudonym of the otherwise unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of Trouble Planet (1954), in which an agent, sent on a mission to Mars, reminisces about his cadet training on a Space Station while dealing with Aliens who live on an Asteroid. [JC]

Weston, Peter

(1943-2017) UK sf fan and editor, active initially in the 1960s and 1970s. He published the well-regarded critical Fanzine Speculation 1963-1973 (originally titled Zenith), contributed a column to Vector 1966-1968 as by Malcolm Edwards (not to be confused with Malcolm Edwards), organized the three sf Speculation Conferences in Birmingham (1970-1972), was among the founders of Novacon, travelled to the 1974 Worldcon as the TransAtlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) winner, and was an effective Chairman of ...

Star Wars [franchise]

At the heart of this now very substantial enterprise is the Cinema sequence whose first instalment was Star Wars (1977). To the end of 2017, there have been nine Star Wars films. In 1997, before the release of the second, "prequel" trilogy, George Lucas re-released the original films into cinemas with updated special effects and minor story changes as "Special Editions". These changes were controversial among fans at the time, as they were perceived by some to soften the movies. Further changes ...

Kauffer, E McKnight

(1890-1954) US artist and illustrator, born Edward Kauffer, active from around 1910; in 1912 he added McKnight as his middle name to honour a sponsor of his work (it is not determined if he ever legalized this change). Kauffer lived in the UK from before World War One to July 1940, when World War Two forced him to return home; the first of his circa 240 dustjackets – for D H Lawrence's Look! We Have Come Through! (coll 1917) – demonstrated an acute proleptic grasp of the feel of the ...

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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