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Legion of Super-Heroes

Comic-book series about a group of diversely Superpowered youths in the thirtieth and thirty-first centuries, published by DC Comics. The Legion of Super-Heroes first appeared in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958) in a Superboy story written by Otto Binder (see Eando Binder) and then featured in various Superman titles (ed Mort Weisinger) before gaining their own series in Adventure Comics #300. Writers have included Jerry Siegel, Edmond Hamilton, Paul Levitz, Mark Waid and Jim Shooter, whose ...

Yep, Laurence

(1948-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Selchey Kids" for If in February 1968; one story, "In a Sky of Daemons" (in Protostars, anth 1971, ed David Gerrold and Stephen Goldin) appeared as by L Yep. Most of his books have been written for children or Young Adults, including the sf Sweetwater (1973) – his first novel, set in a dying city on a strange planet – and the highly successful Dragonwings (1975), a non-sf story about the lives of ...

Pudney, John

(1909-1977) UK editor, poet, journalist and author, initially best known as a poet, beginning with his first book, Spring Encounter (coll 1933 chap); his most famous single poem is "For Johnny" (1941 News Chronicle), a ballad-like ode on the deaths of airmen published after the Battle of Britain (see World War Two). Some of the tales assembled in It Breathed Down my Neck: A Selection of Stories (coll 1946) are supernatural. Of sf interest is his Fred and I sequence of Children's SF tales ...

Niccol, Andrew

(1964-    ) New Zealand filmmaker who migrated to London in the mid-eighties, where he directed television commercials before moving to Hollywood in the nineties to write and direct feature films. After being bought out of his contract to direct his spec screenplay The Truman Show (1998) in favour of veteran Australian director Peter Weir, he made his debut as writer-director with the stylish Genetic Engineering dystopia Gattaca (1997). S1m0ne (2002) returned to some of the ...

Oppenheim, E Phillips

(1866-1946) UK author, publishing at least 160 novels from 1887 until just before his death, some as by Anthony Partridge; most of them are tales of espionage or society detective mysteries, the best known being The Great Impersonation (February-July 1919 The Grand Magazine; 1920), a non-fantastic thriller. His sf novels of interest – several of the titles given in the Checklist below are romantic-fantasy potboilers, some with Ruritanian elements – begin with Mysterious Mr Sabin ...

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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