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Ellis, Albert C

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing sf with the brief vignette "Fire in the Sky" for Vertex in December 1974, and who subsequently wrote two modest but readable sf adventures, Death Jag (dated 1979 but 1980) with Jeff Slaten, and Worldmaker (1985), whose protagonist's special brain allows him to change reality at will (see Godgame; Perception; ...

Fantastic Science Fiction

US letter-size magazine, edited by Walter B Gibson, the prolific pulp writer and creator of The Shadow (see The Shadow). Only two issues appeared, #1 (August 1952) published by Super Science Fiction Publications, #2 (December 1952) by Capitol Stories, both subsidiaries of Charlton Publications, Connecticut. / This inferior magazine, whose stories featured formulaic, simplistic and chauvinistic adventure, should not ...

Del Rey Books

US paperback imprint, founded 1977, a subsidiary of Ballantine Books, itself a part of Random House. The imprint was named by then-Ballantine editor Judy-Lynn del Rey for her husband Lester del Rey; the original Ballantine imprint is now little used for sf. Judy-Lynn, who died in 1986, was editor-in-chief and, from 1982, publisher; Lester, the very successful fantasy editor, retired ...

Kaster, Allan

(?   -    ) Prolific anthologist who began to publish works of genre interest in 2008, initially in audio CD and digital audio download format only [these titles are not listed below] but adding ebook versions from The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2 (anth 2010 ebook), and later trade paperbacks. All titles are published by his own Small Press Infinivox. The ...

Sutton, Lee

(1916-1978) US librarian and author of Venus Boy (1955), a Young Adult tale set on Venus; its young protagonist, the first human born on the planet, establishes a close relationship with a Venusian "bear", and save each other from predators, both native and imported from Earth. [JC]

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 ...



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