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Dibell, Ansen

Pseudonym of US author Nancy Dibble (1942-2006) whose sf sequence, the Strange and Fantastic History of the King of Kantmorie, comprises five Planetary Romances, though only the first three – Pursuit of the Screamer (1978), Circle, Crescent, Star (1981) and Summerfair (1982) – have appeared in their original language. For English readers, the outcome of the sequence will remain unclear, along with its potential stature as a work of art, until the appearance in English of the final ...

Carrington, Grant

(1938-    ) US computer programmer and author who began publishing sf with "Night-Eyed Prayer" for Amazing in May 1971, though his later "After You've Stood on the Log at the Center of the Universe, What is There Left To Do?" (April 1974 Amazing) was more notable. With Thomas F Monteleone he wrote a play, U.F.O.! (performed 1979 Sandy Springs, Maryland), which has not been published. Time's Fool (1981) is an unremarkable though moderately appealing sf adventure. [JC] see ...

Space Cowboys

Film (2000). Malpaso Productions/Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Brothers. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Ken Kaufman and Howard Klausen. Cast includes John Asher, Eli Craig, James Cromwell, Loren Dean, William Devane, Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Tommy Lee Jones, Matt McColm, Toby Stephens, Donald Sutherland and Billy Worley. 130 minutes. Colour with black and white opening sequence. / 1958. Shot in black and white (see Ruins and Futurity). Team Daedalus test ...

Wilcox, Don

Working name of US author Cleo Eldon Wilcox (1905-2000), who taught creative writing at Northwestern University; his claim in sf circles that his real name was Cleo Eldon Knox appears to have been fictitious. Most of his work, sometimes as Cleo Eldon (once), Miles Shelton or Max Overton (twice), was for Ray Palmer's Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures, where he published his first story, "The Pit of Death", in July 1939. A good and pioneering Generation-Starship tale, "The Voyage that ...

Challenging Destiny

Canadian Small Press low-paying magazine of science fiction and fantasy, published by Crystalline Sphere Publishing, St Marys, Ontario; edited throughout by David M Switzer, initially with Graham D Wall (issues 1 and 2) and then Robert P Switzer (#3-#12). It ran for 25 issues between May 1997 to December 2007, as a Print Magazine until #17 (December 2003) and thereafter as an Online Magazine. It tried to keep a regular quarterly schedule but only managed this in 1999, otherwise there were ...

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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