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Canadian Digest-size Small Press Semiprozine published by Island Speciality Reports, Victoria for the first eight issues, Autumn 1994 to Spring/Summer 1998, and then by Paper Orchid Press, Toronto. Edited by Dale L Sproule and Sally McBride through to issue #10 (Spring 1999) and then by Marcel Gagne and Sally Tomasevic. Issue #8/9 was a double issue, so that there were only ten print issues ending with #11 for Winter (December) 1999. An additional issue was released as an anthology in November ...

Ellis, D E

(1926-2001) UK author briefly active in the early 1960s with "Stress" for New Worlds in September 1961 and the routine A Thousand Ages (1961; vt Space Voyage 1973). [JC]

Gat, Dmitri V

(1936-    ) US university librarian and author of a complex interstellar Dystopia, The Shepherd is my Lord (1971), in which a giant corporation, Galactic Enterprises, oppresses humans and Aliens alike over a vast compass; its attempts to claim-jump a hidden sector of space hiding an advanced race (the Shepherds) end, however, in failure. [JC]

Abominable Snowman, The

Film (1957; vt The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas US). Hammer Film Productions/Warner Brothers (UK)/20th Century Fox (US). Produced by Aubrey Baring. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Nigel Kneale, adapted from his BBC teleplay The Creature (30 January 1955). Makeup by Phil Leakey. Cast includes Michael Brill, Robert Brown, Peter Cushing, Arnold Marlé, Wolfe Morris, Maureen O'Connell and Forest Tucker. 91 minutes, cut to 83 minutes. Black and white. / Botanist Dr John Rollason ...

Butler, William

(1929-    ) US author best known for nonfantastic novels, some set in Japan. The Butterfly Revolution (1961), which is of sf interest, describes the almost instantaneous Dystopian tyranny created when a group of children "trapped" in a holiday camp take it over, a Satirical vision of an unhinged America which climaxes in the savage lynching of a Black camper (see Race in SF). The Butterfly Revolution was severely modified in the film version, Summer Camp Nightmare (1987). ...

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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