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Robertson, Morgan

(1861-1915) US sailor and author, almost always on nautical themes; many of his stories are sf or fantasy. These tales, typical of their maritime venues, tend to the mystical, the fog-girt, the occult and the morose, the most useful assemblies of his early work in this vein being Spun Yarn: Sea Stories (coll 1898) and "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Tales of the Sea (coll 1899), both of these assembled with one added story as Spun Yarn: Sea Stories (omni 1900); some later work appears in ...

Hansen, Karl

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Killers" (September 1975 Analog) and "A Red, White and Blue Fourth of July" in 2076: The American Tricentennial (anth 1976) edited by Edward Bryant, and who published stories fairly frequently in the late 1970s and 1980s. His first novel, War Games (as "Sergeant Pepper" in The Berkley Showcase: New Writings in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 1, anth 1980, ed Victoria Schochet and John Silbersack; exp 1981), is a ...

Endless, The

Film (2017). Snowfort Pictures in association with Pfaff and Pfaff Productions, Love and Death Productions and Rustic Films. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Written by Justin Benson. Cast includes Justin Benson, Tate Ellington, Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, Aaron Moorhead and Lew Temple. 111 minutes. Colour. / A decade after fleeing their rural commune as teenagers, orphaned brothers Aaron (Moorhead) and Justin (Benson) are living a hand-to-mouth existence in the city. ...

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 ...

Sayre, David

Working name of US engineer and author David Sayre Dayton (?   -    ) whose sf novel, The Great Improbability: An Autobiographical Mystery by the People of Earth (2010), a disquisitional tale, sufficiently personalized to count as fiction, in which six representative humans describe the enlightened future (see Utopia) they, lovingly, inhabit. He should not be confused with the American crystallographer David Sayre (1924-2012). [JC]

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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