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Costello, Frederick H

(1851-1921) US author of the Prehistoric SF novel Sure-Dart: A Story of Strange Hunters and Stranger Game in the Days of Monsters (1909), set at a time when eastern Colorado was an inland sea, and human boys hunted dinosaurs (see Scientific Errors). [JC]

Second Hundred Years, The

US tv series (1967-1968). Screen Gem Television for ABC-TV. Produced by Bob Claver, Richard M Bluel. Directors included Gene Reynolds, Russ Mayberry, Jud Taylor. Writers included Stan Cutler, Skip Webster. Cast includes Monte Markham, Frank Maxwell and Arthur O'Connell. 26 30-minute episodes. Colour. / This sf comedy series was in the vein of similar efforts of the era such as My Living Doll (1964-1965), and It's About Time (1966-1967). Luke Carpenter (Markham) was a gold prospector buried ...

American Science Fiction Magazine

Australian monthly pocketbook magazine, a companion to Selected Science Fiction. 41 issues, May 1952-September 1955, unnumbered and undated 32pp booklets. Published by Malian Press, Sydney; no editor named, but likely to be the publisher, James Mitchell. The word "magazine" was not added to the cover until issue #25 suggesting that this had started as a book series rather than a magazine, and that the publisher had bought book rights rather than serial rights to stories. The "title" (more like ...


In the terminology of sf Fandom, this expression – once colloquial but enshrined since 1983 in the constitution of the World Science Fiction Society, the body that administers the Hugos – means a semiprofessional magazine as opposed to an Amateur Magazine, or Fanzine. Originally, according to that constitution, a magazine with a circulation of more than 10,000 is a professional magazine (though the revision of the Hugo rules which divided the Best Professional Editor category into ...

Wasp Woman, The

Film (1959). Filmgroup/Allied Artists. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Leo Gordon, based on a story by Kinta Zertuche. Cast includes Susan Cabot and Michael Mark. 73 minutes. Black and white. / One of Roger Corman's more routine efforts, this may have been rushed out to capitalize on the publicity received by The Fly (1958). Cabot plays well the ageing cosmetics executive who, in a successful attempt at Rejuvenation, takes a form of royal jelly (from wasps not bees) (see ...

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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