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Gaston, H A

(?   -?   ) US author of Mars Revealed; Or, Seven days in the Spirit World [for full title see Checklist below] (1880) as by A Spirit Yet in the Flesh, which describes in terms enunciated in the subtitle its protagonist's trip to a Utopian Mars and back again. Not mentioned there are his discovery of high Technology including Airships and Cinema, or that women are superior to men (see Feminism; Women in SF). [JC]

Page, Spider

Pseudonym of US author Donald Graham Cormack (1909-2002), active in the Pulp magazines beginning with his first recorded sale "Revolt of the Circus Freaks" (October/November 1938 Horror Stories); his Blue Steel #1: The Ultimate Answer to Evil (1979) had originally been written as "Slaughter, Inc" in 1943 to continue the Spider sequence (see Norvell W Page) in Spider, but was not printed then due to the closure of the magazine. Copyright considerations explain the change of name to Blue Steel. ...

Collectible Card Game

Term used to describe a form of Card Game in which the cards are both collectible in the manner of trading cards (see Collectibles) and usable as a game. Individual cards typically come with their own rules for play, any potential conflicts being resolved by a set of "meta rules" which apply to the game as a whole. Such games are generally sold as starter sets or basic "decks", which contain the core rules and an initial set, or deck of cards, and expansion sets, which include selections of ...

Bonanno, Margaret Wander

(1950-2021) US author whose first books were the mainstream feminist novels A Certain Slant of Light (1979), Ember Days (1980) and Callbacks (1981); a later title, Risks (1989), is also nonfantastic. She made her mark on sf with a highly successful Star Trek tie, Dwellers in the Crucible (1985). Two others were soon published: Star Trek: Strangers from the Sky (1987); and Star Trek: Probe (1992), the latter of these, after being subjected to a variety of changes by the owners of the franchise, ...

Earth vs the Spider

Film (1958; vt The Spider). American International Pictures. Produced and directed by Bert I Gordon. Written by László Görög and George Worthing Yates from an original story by Gordon. Cast includes Ed Kemmer, June Kenney, Eugene Persson (credited as Gene Persson) and Gene Roth. 73 minutes. Black and white. / As the film starts Jack Flynn (Merritt Stone), father of pretty Carol Flynn (Kenney), returns late at night from a trip to purchase a birthday gift for her; his ...

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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