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Monsterama

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on slick paper. Published by Fantagraphics Books. Edited by Forrest J Ackerman. Two numbered issues, each dated on contents page though not cover: Spring [March] 1991 and Spring [February] 1992. / This short-lived effort by Forrest J Ackerman was his second attempt to return to Media Magazine publishing after the demise of the long-running Famous Monsters of Filmland, the first having been his unhappy experience with FJA's Monsterland ...

Baird, Thomas

(1923-1990) US art historian, a lecturer with the Frick Collection 1954-1957, latterly a professor of art; his several well-received novels, beginning with Triumphal Entry (1962), often dealt with art history; none of this early work contained any significant element of the fantastic, but Where Time Ends (1988) is a Young Adult tale of some interest set in a Near Future world threatened by biological warfare, and Smart Rats (1990) even more darkly presents a vision of a Big-Brother Dystopia, an ...

Synergy

US Original-Anthology series edited by George Zebrowski, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The first series ran for four volumes, all in paperback: Synergy: New Science Fiction Number One (anth 1987), Synergy: New Science Fiction Number Two (anth 1988), Synergy: New Science Fiction Number Three (anth 1989) and Synergy: New Science Fiction Number Four (anth 1989). It published much longer stories than most anthologies, and the emphasis was on Hard SF or pushing the boundaries of science. ...

Russen, David

(fl 1702-1703) UK author of an extended book-review published in book form, Iter Lunare: Or, A Voyage to the Moon: Containing Some Considerations on the Nature of that Planet, the Possibility of getting thither, With Other Pleasant Conceits about the Inhabitants, their Manners and Customs (1703). The book reviewed was Selenarchia: The Government of the World in the Moon, the title given to the 1659 English translation of Cyrano de Bergerac's Histoire comique, par Monsieur de Cyrano Bergerac, ...

Warrick, Patricia S

(1925-    ) US academic, most of whose work has concentrated upon the themes explicated in the book version of her PhD thesis, The Cybernetic Imagination in Science Fiction (1980), an impressively thorough study that concentrates on the work of Isaac Asimov, including an analysis of the Encyclopedia Galactica which serves as Hari Seldon's electronic bible in the Foundation series; her analysis is supplemented by Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories about ...

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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