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Drink Tank, The

US Fanzine edited by Chris Garcia (some issues co-edited by James Bacon), published from California, 2005-current; electronic format. / From relatively humble beginnings as an outlet for Garcia's own writing, The Drink Tank has become (in part due to its remorseless frequency) a notable fanzine of the twenty-first century; it won the fanzine Hugo in 2011 after being nominated in every year from 2007 to 2010. While still featuring Garcia's own writing, it also publishes reviews of books, ...


Japanese animated film (1995). Madhouse, Bandai Visual, Kōdansha. Directed by Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Written by Satoshi Kon, Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Cast includes Yū Hayashi, Hideyuki Hori, Tsutomu Isobe and Gara Takashima. 113 minutes. Colour. / A three-part anthology movie based on stories by the creator of Akira (1988), who here signs over the bulk of the work to his colleagues. The opening piece "Magnetic Rose", is heavily influenced by Andrei ...

Landis, Arthur H

(1917-1986) US author and editor. While editing for Dealer's Voice, a motorcycle magazine, Landis convinced his publisher to begin a new fantasy magazine, Coven 13, which he edited for four issues September 1969-March 1970 before the title passed to William L Crawford. He published there a four-part serial as by James R Keaveney, which became A World Called Camelot (September 1969-March 1970 Coven 13 as "Let There Be Magick"; rev vt 1976) as by Landis, and was followed in the same series by ...

Harris, MacDonald

Pseudonym used by US academic and author Donald William Heiney (1921-1993) for most of his fiction from 1947 on; though composed in a smooth and accessible style, his novels (all as by Harris) tend significantly and non-mimetically to foreground any elements of fantasy (see Fabulation) with which they may deal. Bull Fire (1973) treats a modern family romance in terms of the myth of the Minotaur. The Balloonist (1976) recounts a failed 1897 Balloon expedition to the North Pole in terms ...

Frith, R J

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf novel, The Nemesis List (2010), is set in a relaxed Space Opera universe full of merchant traders and complaisant planetary authorities; her protagonist, a freelance freighter captain, must transfer a multiple murderer, whose IQ has been experimentally enhanced by the scientists he has murdered, to a planet where he can be taken care of (see Crime and Punishment). Similarities have been noted between this novel and Firefly ...

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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