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SF Digest

UK small A4-size magazine. One undated issue, (June) 1976, published by New English Library; edited by Julie Davis. SF Digest was to have been a quarterly successor to Science Fiction Monthly, but was doomed even before its single issue appeared by the publisher's decision to concentrate on books rather than magazines. SF Digest's format was superior to that of the inconveniently oversized Science Fiction Monthly. It featured stories by Brian W Aldiss, Michael G Coney, Rachel Pollack and Robert ...

Hemingway, Amanda

(1955-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Alchemist" for Introduction 7: Stories by New Writers (anth 1981) edited anonymously, that year's issue of the Faber and Faber Introduction series. Her first novel, Pzyche (1982), focuses on an uncomfortable and virginal young woman brought up in isolation on a mineral-rich, art-obsessed planet, where – under the supervision of her father (see Forbidden Planet) – she unappreciatingly ...

Rocket's Blast Comicollector

US photocopied Comics Fanzine/Semiprozine published on good-quality paper. Published by the Science Fiction and Comics Fan Association. Editors included G B Love and James Van Hise. 125 issues for 1964 to 1983, numbered #29-#153. Publication was monthly to 1978; thereafter nominally bimonthly but increasingly erratic from 1979. / This began with the 1962 merger of two Fanzines – The Rocket's Blast edited by G B Love (1939-2001) and The Comicollector edited by Jerry Bails (1933-2006) ...

Clichés

Sf clichés have developed, perhaps, partly out of a need for identification of stories as genuine sf – readers know where they are with a time-space warp – but mainly out of the lazy and parsimonious recycling of ideas at every level. The most obvious are cliché gadgets (Blaster, Android, Hyperspace drive, Cyborg, Time Machine, brain suspended in aquarium [see Brain in a Box], Force Field, Food Pills, Antigravity shield, translating machine [see Universal Translator], ...

Crouch, Blake

(1978-    ) US screenwriter and author whose earlier work, like his first novel Desert Places (2004), combined thriller and horror modes, though only with hints of the fantastic. He is perhaps best known for the Wayward Pines sequence comprising Pines (2012), Wayward (2013) and The Last Town (2014), made into the Television series Wayward Pines (2015-2016) produced by M Night Shyamalan. Wayward Pines seems initially to be a coercively maintained enclave (see Keep) under 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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