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Maxwell, Edward

Pseudonym of the Canadian author, playwright and scriptwriter Ted Allan (1916-1995), who was born Allan Herman and adopted this working name in the 1930s; he was in the UK approximately 1940-1970. The protagonist of his Time Travel tale, Quest for Pajaro (1957), travels twenty years into the future but, on his journey back, falls in love; doom threatens successfully. [JC]

Marvel Preview

US letter-size black-and-white Comics magazine. 34 issues, July 1975 to February 1983, printed on cheap newsprint-quality paper by the Marvel Comics subsidiary imprint Curtis Magazines. The title changed to Bizarre Adventures from #24 (1980) on to the end; the final issue was published in standard Comics format on glossy paper. Dennis O'Neil was usually the credited editor. Publication was nominally quarterly but in fact erratic. / Marvel Preview was a showcase title featuring various ...

Mantley, John

(1920-2003) Canadian-born US screenwriter and producer whose Near Future sf novel, The Twenty-Seventh Day (1956; rev 1956), features Galactic Federation Aliens who give each of five humans from opposing countries an invincible weapon in 1963 to see what they do with them. The novel was filmed – from the US version, which has a revised ending – as The 27th Day (1957). Mantley wrote teleplays for The Outer Limits and The Wild, Wild West, and for years worked as a producer on Gunsmoke; ...

DiLouie, Craig

(1967-    ) US author who has concentrated for most of his career on horror and fantasy, beginning with Paranoia (2001), a supernatural thriller involving paranormal powers, the Illuminati, and the predicted assassination of an American president. Interspersed with material of this not unusual sort and of not remarkable calibre are tales of sf interest, the first of these being The Thin White Line: A History of the 2012 Avian Flu Pandemic in Canada (2008), a Near Future ...

Kastel, Warren

Ziff-Davis House Name used on magazine stories by Chester S Geier and possibly others 1948-1950, and by Robert Silverberg in 1957. According to Geier, "Kastel" began as a pseudonym which he used for collaborations with his friend William L Hamling. [JC/MA] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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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