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Lake, David J

(1929-2016) Indian-born UK academic and author who emigrated to Australia in 1967; his education (a Jesuit school in India, a BA in English at Cambridge, a diploma in linguistics and a PhD in English) is reflected in the texture of his sf work, as is his teaching in Vietnam, Thailand and India (1959-1967). After several works of criticism, including the strongly argued, somewhat controversial The Canon of Thomas Middleton's Plays (1975) and a volume of poetry, Hornpipes and Funerals (coll ...

Star Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, published by Ballantine Magazines, January 1958. This was an attempt to convert Frederik Pohl's Star Science Fiction Stories into a magazine after its first three issues (1953-1954) in book format. Although a second magazine issue was mooted, sales did not warrant continuing in that form and it reverted to book format at the end of 1958. The magazine replicated some of the contents of the anthology, including a cover by Richard Powers, but somehow the content ...

Hillman, Harry W

(1870-?   ) US engineer – employed in various capacities by the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York – and author, most of whose nonfiction described existing, soon-to-exist and possible innovations in the use of electricity; his Utopia, Looking Forward: The Phenomenal Progress of Electricity in 1912 (1906), views with a hearty fictionalizing touch much of the same material. It shares tone and some plot elements with Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward ...

Fallout

Videogame (1997). Black Isle Studios (BIS). Designed by Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky, Christopher Taylor. Platforms: DOS, Mac, Win. / Fallout is a Computer Role Playing Game which uses an Isometric three-dimensional perspective, set – as was its most important influence, Wasteland (1998) – in the ruins of a Post-Holocaust USA. The future of Fallout is not that of our own world; instead, it assumes that American history followed the template laid down in the 1950s for another ...

Miller, Phyllis

(1920-2001) US librarian and author who collaborated with Andre Norton on three novels for children. Seven Spells to Sunday (1979) and House of Shadows (1984) are Fantasies, the former featuring travel to a magical Dimension and the latter being a supernatural thriller; Ride the Green Dragon (1985) is a nonfantastic tale of mystery and suspense. [DRL]

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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