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In sf Terminology, a kind of specialized space through which Spaceships can take a short cut in order to get rapidly from one point in "normal" space to another far distant. The term was probably invented by John W Campbell Jr in Islands of Space (Spring 1931 Amazing Stories Quarterly; 1957). It is now so thoroughly incorporated into the conventions of Genre SF that few sf writers feel called upon to explain its meaning, although Robert A Heinlein gave a particularly clear account in Starman ...

Lamplugh, Lois

(1921-2013) UK editor and author whose Mandog (1972) novelizes Peter Dickinson's script for his six-part Television tale for children, produced in 1972. [JC]

Deegan, Jon J

A House Name created by Gordon Landsborough, editor of Authentic Science Fiction, and used perhaps exclusively by UK author Robert George Sharp for material published in that journal, which for some time early in its run filled each issue with one long story (in this encyclopedia, one-story issues are treated as books). The Old Growler space exploration series, beginning with Reconnoitre Krellig II (1951), was signed as by Deegan, and various sequels (all written by Sharp) were published, ...

Manchurian Candidate, The

1. Film (1962). MC/Essex/United Artists. Directed by John Frankenheimer. Written by George Axelrod, based on The Manchurian Candidate (1959) by Richard Condon. Cast includes James Gregory, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, John McGiver, Henry Silva and Frank Sinatra. 126 minutes. Black and white. / A group of US soldiers captured in Korea are subjected to elaborate brainwashing by the Chinese as part of a plot to subvert and eventually to rule America. As part of the elaborate ...


US Semiprozine which had three phases under three editors, the sequence held together by a thread of Feminism. Founded and initially edited by Lois Wickstrom at Sproing, Inc, Denver, Colorado from #1 (undated, October 1978) to #9 (undated, September 1982). Publication was taken over by Jean Lorrah (who had been associate editor on issues #8 and #9) with Empire Books, Murray, Kentucky, from #10 (undated, Summer 1983) to #17 (undated, Fall 1987), serving as co-editor with Wickstrom. Publication ...

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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