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Hunt, Gill

A House Name used 1950-1952 by the UK paperback publisher Curtis Warren. The authors who used the name were John Brunner, David Arthur Griffiths, Denis Hughes, John Jennison and E C Tubb. Because it was Brunner's first book, Galactic Storm (1951) has become the best-known of the Hunt titles; it is not, however, significantly less routine than its stablemates. [JC]

Monster that Challenged the World, The

Film (1957). Gramercy Pictures/United Artists. Produced by Arthur Gardener and Jules V Levy. Directed by Arnold Laven. Written by Pat Fielder from an original story by David Duncan. Cast includes Hans Conried, Audrey Dalton, Mimi Gibson, Tim Holt and Max Showalter (credited as Casey Adams). 83 minutes. Black and white. / Several US Navy sailors are found dead under unusual circumstances in the Salton Sea of California soon after an earthquake has struck the area; some have had all of their ...

Féval, Paul

(1816-1887) French lawyer, editor and author, active from the late 1830s until around 1880; father of Paul Féval fils. He first came to prominence as an extremely prolific author of tales written according to the demands of the feuilleton: short chapters inserted at frequent regular intervals, usually daily or weekly, into newspapers, a demanding format successfully exploited by French authors like Alexandre Dumas and Eugene Sue (1804-1857), and by Charles Dickens in the UK. An early ...

Zahn, Timothy

(1951-    ) US author with a master's degree in physics who began publishing sf with "Ernie" for Analog in September 1979, and early proved himself an adept and productive creator of the problem-oriented Hard SF characteristic of that magazine. Some better examples of his work are assembled as Cascade Point (coll 1986), Time Bomb and Zahndry Others (coll 1988), Distant Friends and Others (coll 1992) and Star Song and Other Stories (coll 2002); the first's title story ...

Keen SF

US Semiprozine published and edited by Teresa Keene, Spokane, Washington; 12 issues, April 1996 to March 1997. A neat, Digest-size booklet, usually of between 40-50 pages, Keene paid 1½¢-a-word, striving to secure a decent pay-base. Her interests were in traditional "classic" forms of science fiction rather than modern trends and she encouraged her contributors to emulate their predecessors but with their own original treatment. Contributors included Michael Ambrose, Jeff Berkwits, ...

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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