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Thomsen, Brian M

(1959-2008) US author and editor (sometimes as Brian Thomsen only) who was a founding editor of the New York Warner Books imprint Questar in the late 1980s, for which he edited many sf books of importance; later, from the early 1990s, he edited fantasy fiction for TSR, and from 1997 operated as a freelance author and editor, including consulting editorial work for Tor Books. / Thomsen began to publish work of genre interest with "The Locksley Scenario" in The Fantastic Adventures of Robin ...

Hasson, James

(?   -    ) French-born author long in the UK, in whose Bid Time Return (1960) a cancer researcher (see Medicine) discovers the dangerous secret of Rejuvenation. The novel does not focus on realistic consequences. [JC]

Buchan, John

(1875-1940) Scottish barrister, politician, journalist, publisher and author; ill-health and his age prevented his active service in World War One, a disqualification which deeply distressed him, though he joined the War Office in 1916 and became Director of the Department of Information in 1917. He served as Governor-General of Canada from 1935 until his death, in conjunction with which appointment he was created the first Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield. Buchan began to publish work of genre ...

Lightspeed

US professional Online Magazine initially devoted exclusively to science fiction, published by Sean Wallace via Prime Books until December 2011, and edited by John Joseph Adams, who also took over as publisher from January 2012 at which time it also absorbed Fantasy Magazine and made fantasy fiction part of its content. It has appeared monthly as an ebook since June 2010, but the website posts one new story and one nonfiction piece each week, and selected items have been podcast from the start. ...

Astronaut, The

Made-for-tv film (1972). Universal Television for ABC-TV. Produced by Harve Bennett. Directed by Robert Michael Lewis. Written by Gerald Di Pego, Charles Kuenstle and Richard Biheller from an original story by Kuenstle and Biheller. Cast includes Susan Clark, Jackie Cooper and Monte Markham. 73 minutes. Colour. / Set in 1980, the first US mission to Mars with lone astronaut Colonel Brice Randolph (Markham) ends in tragedy when unknown bacteria or undetected gases in the Martian atmosphere ...

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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