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Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader

US Digest-size magazine, two issues in 1953, published by Avon Books; edited by Sol Cohen. A hybrid successor to the Avon Fantasy Reader and Avon Science Fiction Reader, the Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader series started a year after those had ceased publication and had a different policy, concentrating on original stories rather than reprints. Issues were also illustrated and book reviews were included emphasizing that this incarnation was more a Magazine than an Anthology. The ...

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The [game]

Videogame (1984). Infocom. Designed by Douglas Adams, Steve Meretzky. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8, C64, DOS, Mac (1984); AtariST (1985); Amiga, Amstrad (1986). / Hitchhiker is a text-based Adventure game, a variation on the theme established in the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio show, television series and books. While the game starts in a similar manner to the radio series, it rapidly veers off along its own unexpected tangents. Hitchhiker is remarkable for including some of the ...

Kawamata Chiaki

(1948-    ) Japanese author whose debut work "Shita" ["Tongue"] (January 1972 NW-SF) was published while he was still working as a copywriter at the Advertising agency Hakuhodo. In the same year, he began writing SF criticism with "Ashita wa Docchi da!" ["Which Way is Tomorrow?"], which ran until 1975 in S-F Magazine and was subsequently collated in Yume no Kotoba, Kotoba no Yume ["Words of Dreams, Dreams of Words"] (nonfiction coll 1983). He became a full-time writer from ...

O'Neill, Scott

Pseudonym of Peg O'Neill Scott (1936-    ) for the single sf collection Martian Sexpot (coll of linked stories 1963), a mildly comic romp which as indicated by the title features Sex (or the lure of sex) on Mars. Scott also wrote an unauthorized Tarzan adventure under her and her husband's House Name Barton Werper. [DRL]

Three Stooges Meet Hercules, The

Film (1962). Normandy Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Norman Maurer. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Elwood Ullman from a story by Maurer. Cast includes Samson Burke, John Cliff, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, George N Neise, Quinn Redeker, Emil Sitka and Vicki Trickett. 89 minutes. Black and white. / Working at Dismal's Drug Store in New York, the Stooges – Moe (Howard), Larry (Fine), and Curly Joe (DeRita) – meet eccentric inventor Schuyler Davis ...

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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