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Toxic Avenger, The

Film (1984). HCH/Troma/Palan. Directed by Michael Herz, Samuel Weil. Written by Joe Ritter, based on a story by Lloyd Kaufman. Cast includes Mitchell Cohen, Andree Maranda and Mark Torgl. 100 minutes, cut to 79 minutes. Colour. / After a cruel practical joke is played on him, a teenage nerd falls into a barrel of toxic waste in Tromaville, New Jersey, "Toxic Waste Capital of America". He mutates (see Mutants) into the low-budget ...

World Fantasy Award

The World Fantasy Awards have been presented in various categories since 1975, for work first appearing in the previous year. Presentations take place at the annual World Fantasy Convention. Although the award is naturally biased towards Fantasy and horror, a number of sf or near-sf novels have been honoured, and most of the winning authors have entries in this encyclopedia. We therefore list the winners for best novel of the ...

Friedman, Michael Jan

(1955-    ) US author, mostly notably of Ties to Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation and other Star Trek spinoffs, including the My Brother's Keeper trilogy comprising Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Constitution (1998), Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Republic (1998), Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Enterprise ...

Key, Alexander

(1904-1979) US author who began publishing novels for children with The Red Eagle (1930), and who moved into Children's SF with the Sprockets Children's SF sequence: Sprockets: A Little Robot (1963), Rivets and Sprockets (1964) and Bolts – A Robot Dog (1966). These books were not likely, however, to seize a wide audience despite their amiable simplicity. It ...

Green, Martin

(1927-2010) UK academic and author, in US from 1952. Some of his early studies of the linkages between culture and literature – like "Science and Sensibility" and "Science Fiction" (in Science and the Shabby Curate of Poetry: Essays About the Two Cultures, coll 1964), and Children of the Sun: A Narrative of "Decadence" in England after 1918 (1976; rev 1977) – express a remote interest in Genre SF, as filtered through ...

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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