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Ditmar Award

The Australian SF Awards, familiarly known as the Ditmars, were first given in 1969 and are presented in various categories for sf, fantasy and horror-related work by Australians. Voting resembles the system used for the Hugos but is associated with membership of the annual Australian National Convention ("Natcon") rather than the Worldcon. There have been many category changes over the years, some controversial (like the discontinuing of the International Fiction award since 1989, making the ...

Hanshew, Mary E

(1852-1927) US-born author – later in the UK – of some detective thrillers including The Frozen Flame (April-July Short Stories as "The Riddle of the Frozen Flame"; 1920; vt The Riddle of the Frozen Flame 1920) with her husband T W Hanshew, in the Riddle/Hamilton Cleek sequence of thrillers, almost entirely without fantastic content (but see her husband's for further details of the Hamilton Cleek character and his minor Superpower); here the apparently supernatural "frozen flame" ...

X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

Film (1963; vt The Man with the X-Ray Eyes). Alta Vista/AIP. Directed by Roger Corman. Written by Robert Dillon, Ray Russell, based on a story by Russell. Cast includes John Dierkes (uncredited), John Hoyt, Ray Milland, Don Rickles, Harold J Stone and Diana Van Der Vlis. 88 minutes cut to 80 minutes. Colour. / A surgeon, Dr James Xavier (Milland), uses an experimental Drug to expand the range of his visual Perception with ultra-violet and X-ray vision, and thus perform operations more ...

Powers, Tim

(1952-    ) US author properly thought of as fundamentally a writer of fantasy, but who began his publishing career with two sf novels, the first being The Skies Discrowned (1976 as Timothy Powers; rev vt Forsake the Sky 1986 as Tim Powers), a fantasy-tinged adventure much influenced – as Powers stated in his introduction to the revised version – by the work of Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950). The second, Epitaph in Rust (1976 as Timothy Powers; text restored, vt An ...

Shepherd, Joel

(1974-    ) Australian author whose work has been primarily restricted to two series. The Cassandra Kresnov sequence, comprising Crossover (2001), Breakaway (2003), Killswitch (2004), 23 Years on Fire (2013) and Operation Shield (2014), follows the intricate exploits and discoveries of the eponymous weaponized Android in a large-scale Space Opera venue, with two Galactic Empires in a state of continuing War with one another, the League, whose capital is Earth and which ...

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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