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Costello, P F

One of the many Ziff-Davis House Names, this appeared on over 40 magazine stories 1941-1958, but until the late 1940s was used exclusively for stories by William P McGivern – indeed it was his personal pen-name until he was called up. It was then sometimes used by Chester S Geier, later by Roger P Graham (Rog Phillips) ...

Otto, Erik A

(?   -    ) US author of fantasy [not here listed] and sf, the latter including several novels. Detonation (2018) depicts two societies, both perhaps Dystopian, one from before and one after the titular event, a kind of imposition of technological Singularity on the part of an AI. In A Toxic Ambition (2020), planet Earth is controlled from ...


Austrian literature must be considered a part of the larger German literature (see Germany), although with a distinct voice; Austrian writers have always been published more by German publishing houses than by Austrian ones. / At the turn of the century, Vienna was a veritable laboratory for many of the ideas of modern times, from psychoanalysis and logical positivism to music, the arts and literature: here were found Freud, Wittgenstein, Mahler, Schönberg, ...

Dirda, Michael

(1948-    ) US editor, journalist and author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his journalism; as a Book World editor for the Washington Post (1978-2003) he was an influential advocate of sf as a form of literature worth serious attention, creating and editing a monthly sf column by various critics, as well as making room for individual reviews. He now writes a weekly column for the Post; his work also appears in the New York Review of Books and ...

Wild, Wild West, The

1. US tv series (1965-1969). A Michael Garrison Production/CBS TV. Created by Michael Garrison. Producers Garrison, Fred Freiberger, Gene L Coon, Collier Young, John Mantley, Bruce Lansbury. Writers included Henry Sharp, John Kneubuhl, Ken Kolb, Ken Pettus. Directors included Paul Wendkos, Richard Donner, Irving Moore, Robert Sparr, Alan Crosland Jr, Marvin Chomsky. Four ...

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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