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Finney, Charles G

(1905-1984) US newspaperman and author – named after but apparently not related to the famous revivalist minister, Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875) – who spent the years 1927-1929 with the US infantry in Tientsin, China; an oriental influence pervades most of his work. His novels and stories, though Fantasy rather than sf, have been influential throughout the field, especially his famous The Circus of Dr Lao (1935), filmed less than sensitively as 7 Faces of Dr Lao (1964). ...

Silvis, Randall

(1950-    ) US teacher and author, most of whose work is nonfantastic, though he has been identified as a Magic Realist for some of the tales assembled in The Luckiest Man in the World (coll 1984), as well as In a Town Called Mundomuerto (2007) and Flying Fish (2012 chap); the latter two titles both implicate mortals with mythical figures from the sea, in title being odorous with chthonic barings of flesh. Mysticus (1999) more complexly mixes modes to some Equipoisal effect, ...

Space Adventures (Classics)

US magazine, one of the reprint Digest-size magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Company. Six issues, Winter 1970 to Summer 1971. / The title was shortened to Space Adventures after the first two issues. The numbering ran, strangely, #9-#14, picking up where Science Fiction Classics left off, and Space Adventures (Classics) would be regarded as simply a variant title were it not that the latter resumed publication, also in Winter 1970, with #12. Most Space Adventures ...

Battle beyond the Stars

Film (1980). New World. Executive producer Roger Corman. Director Jimmy T Murakami. Written by John Sayles, based on a story by Sayles, Anne Dyer. Cast includes Sybil Danning, Steve Davis, George Peppard, John Saxon, Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn and Morgan Woodward. 103 minutes. Colour. / New World, never slow to capitalize on a trend, hoped – with partial success – to woo the Star Wars market with this space-opera replay of The Magnificent Seven (1960) directed by John Sturges ...

For Monsters Only

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Published by Robert C Sproul as Major Magazines Incorporated. Editor: Lorraine Newman. Ten issues, November 1965 to June 1972, plus one 1967 Annual edition. Publication schedule was nominally quarterly but in fact very erratic. / Sproul, who had previously issued the magazine Saturn, imitated Famous Monsters of Filmland with this unremarkable companion title to his successful Humour publication Cracked (1958-2007). The ...

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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