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Wright, Helen S

(1958-    ) UK author whose A Matter of Oaths (1988) engagingly presents a familiar sf character – the Amnesiac protagonist who experiences flashback hints of a destiny larger than any of those around him dare contemplate – within a cogently described post-Cyberpunk frame dominated by The Guild of Webbers, Starship pilots who link two corrupt Galactic Empires, each ruled by an immortal emperor (see Immortality). The protagonist is Black; the covers for both ...

Lay, Carol

(1952-    ) US comics artist and author of a novel Tie to Wonder Woman: Justice League of America: Wonder Woman: Mythos (2003) [JC]

Mercier, Lewis Page

(1820-1875) UK minister, schoolmaster and translator, signing as Mercier Lewis and Louis Mercier; it has been surmised that a combination of career and financial difficulties forced him into the translation trade, and these pressures plus ill health may explain the occasional shoddiness of (and frequent cuts to) his translations of Jules Verne novels; the frequency with which they were reprinted remains anomalous. The degree to which his translations were actually completed by his "assistant" ...

Star Blaster

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Windsor Communications Incorporated. No editor named. Ten (?) issues from 1983 to 1986. Publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / This title, one of several attempting to emulate such Media Magazines as Fantastic Films and Starlog, did so with modest success. Films covered included E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). At least ...

Jefferson Starship

Also known as Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship: The Next Generation and Starship. US psychedelic rock band, formed, as "Jefferson Airplane" in Los Angeles in 1965 by Marty Balin (1942-2018) and Paul Kantner, amongst others; later joined by Grace Slick (1939-    ) whose songwriting skills and distinctive voice contributed a great deal to the commercial success of the band. The folk-rock and LSD-experimentalism of their early albums sometimes took science-fictional ...

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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