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Somtow, S P

Working name of Thai composer/conductor and author Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul (1952-    ), who has had a full double career, his first professional appearance as a conductor being at the age of nineteen; he used his actual surname from the beginning of his career to 1985, when he switched to S P Somtow, announcing that any book previously signed Sucharitkul would be signed Somtow on reprinting (although some children's books continued to appear under the earlier form of his ...

Hadfield, Chris

(1959-    ) Canadian soldier, astronaut, broadcaster and author, pilot in the Canadian air force for twenty-five years from 1977, during which time he crewed in joint Canadian-American space shuttle flights. After The Darkest Dark (2016 chap), a tale of space travel for younger children, he is of sf interest for The Apollo Murders (2021), an Alternate History ...


Videogame (1995). Blue Byte Software. Platforms: DOS. / Albion is a Computer Role Playing Game which uses both two-dimensional overhead and three-dimensional first person views, developed by the same German team who produced the noted fantasy CRPG Amberstar (1992 Thalion Software, Amiga, AtariST, DOS). The game begins on board the Toronto, ...

Sabe, Quien

["Who knows?" in Spanish.] Pseudonym, as Quién Sabe, of Jackson Gregory for his Lost Race story Daughter of the Sun (1921). The same name was independently used without a diacritical – apparently by Harry Bates – for "The City of Eric" (Spring 1929 Amazing Stories Quarterly), another ...

Weisman, Jacob

(1965-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Death and the Elephant" in Amaranth: Tales of the Supernatural (anth 1991) edited by Alayne Gelfand, most of his limited output being in collaboration with David Sandner, with whom he also collaborated on his first Anthology, The Treasury of the Fantastic: Romanticism to Early Twentieth Century Literature (anth 2001). His other ...

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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