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Tremblay, Michel

(1942-    ) Canadian playwright and author, much of whose work has been focused on the Québécois experience over the past half century, including several plays and other works analysing the secession drama at the centre of Canadian politics over these years; he has also focused on the life and politics of gay men over this period. Relatively little of his work could be easily described in terms of Fantastika, though his first novel, La Cité dans l'oeuf ...

Scorpion, The

US Pulp magazine, one issue, April 1939, published by Popular Publications; edited by Ejler and Edith Jakobsson. The Scorpion was in every respect a sequel to The Octopus, only the alias of the villainous protagonist being changed. The sadistic, borderline-sf feature novel, "Satan's Incubator" by Randolph Craig (Norvell W Page), was reprinted by Robert E Weinberg as Pulp Classics #12: The Scorpion (1976 chap), whilst the entire issue was reprinted complete by Girasol in 2005. ...

Kagan, Norman

(1943-    ) US film researcher and author whose occasional sf stories – from "The Mathenauts" for If in July 1964 through "Counter Ecology" (in Tomorrow Today, anth 1975, ed George Zebrowski) – have sometimes dealt vigorously and amusingly with Mathematics as a subject, and tend to feature extroverted mathematicians as protagonists in Cold War contexts. Kagan also wrote The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick (1972; exp 1989) In a letter to the editor (Summer 1984 SF ...

FAX Collector's Editions

US Small Press established by T E Dikty with Darrell C Richardson in 1972, and devoted to publishing material from and about Pulp magazines. Its publications include several collections of obscure Robert E Howard stories, two anthology series in facsimile under the titles Famous Fantastic Classics and Famous Pulp Classics, and The Weird Tales Story (1977), a large volume written and edited by Robert E Weinberg. An associated and more prolific company, also founded by Dikty, is Starmont House. ...

Yelnick, Claude

(1923-    ) French journalist, translator and author, active from the late 1930s, whose L'homme, cette maladie (1954; trans as The Trembling Tower 1956) depicts the inter-dimensional relationship between Earth and another Parallel World via a lighthouse. Among his translated works is Robin Cook's Outbreak (1987; trans as Virus 1988). [JC/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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