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Fratz, D Douglas

(1952-2016) US publisher, editor and book reviewer who was the founding editor of the energetic sf news and reviews journal Thrust (which see) in February 1973, initially published by the University of Maryland Science Fiction Society but with himself as sole editor and publisher from #7 dated Spring 1977; the first issue carried his only recorded work of fiction "The Giant Slayers". He renamed the magazine Quantum with #36 for Spring 1990, and continued as editor and publisher until the double ...

Neuce, Jus

Pseudonym of an unidentified female US author (?   -    ) whose first novel, Nocturne (2005), is set on a colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose synchronous orbit, which restricts settlements to polders and Keeps along the terminator division, is inimically matched by the rigidly hierarchical structure of the society that has evolved; this is exacerbated by Nocturne's great distance from Earth, which can only be traversed by Generation ...

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Film (1967; vt Perry Rhodan – SOS aus dem Weltall; vt Alarm im Weltall; vt Órbita Mortal; vt Mission Stardust). Aitor Films. Directed by Primo Zeglio. Written by Federico De Urrutia, Sergio Donati, Karlheinz Scheer, Kurt Vogelmann, and Primo Zeglio, based on a story by Kurt Vogelmann that was based on the Perry Rhodan novels by K-H Scheer and Clark Darlton (aka Walter Ernsting). Cast includes Pinkas Braun, Luis Dávila, Lang Jeffries, John Karlsen, Essy Persson and Stefano ...

Melchior, Ib

(1917-2015) Danish-born actor, screenwriter and director, in the USA since World War Two, whose short story "The Racer" (October 1956 Escapade) – about car-racing as a gorily extreme spectator sport (see Games and Sports) – was adapted for Cinema as the cult classic Death Race 2000 (1975). This was in turn remade as Death Race (2008). Melchior scripted or co-scripted the mostly low-budget sf films The Angry Red Planet (1959; vt Invasion of Mars), Reptilicus (1962), Journey to the ...

Whelan, Michael

(1950-    ) American artist. After obtaining a BA in art from San Jose State University in 1973, Whelan began attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles; however, after displaying his artwork at a few sf conventions, he received an offer from Donald A Wollheim to paint covers for DAW Books, inspiring him to leave school and move to New York to work as a professional artist. Some of his early covers clearly reflect the influence of Frank Frazetta, featuring ...

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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