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Voyage sur Jupiter, Le

Film (1909; vt A Trip to Jupiter). Pathé Frères. Directed and written by Segundo de Chomón. Cast unidentified. 8 minutes. Tinted. / This short silent film has sometimes been incorrectly attributed to Georges Méliès and given the title Dreams of an Astronomer; the confusion is understandable, since writer-director de Chomón's film is very similar in its style and story to Méliès's Voyage Dans La Lune (1902; vt A Trip to the Moon), ...

Turner, Jim

(1945-1999) US editor and publisher who ran Arkham House from 1976 to 1996, when he was fired. Here, though without cover credit, he edited a notable retrospective collection of James Tiptree's stories, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever: The Great Years of James Tiptree, Jr (coll 1990), and a reprint anthology of stories "inspired" by H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, Cthulhu 2000 (anth 1995). In 1996 Turner moved on to run his own small-press imprint, {Golden Gryphon Press}, continuing to focus on ...

Lodestar Award

Award for the year's best Young Adult book, presented at Worldcon in association with the Hugos. Like the John W Campbell Award/Astounding Award, this is voted by the same constituency as the Hugos, using the same ballot form, but is not a Hugo. The chief reason for this distinction is the principle that no single work should be eligible for multiple Hugo categories: Young Adult tales are not excluded from, and indeed have won, the Hugo for best novel and best novella. / An additional ...

Burke, Sue

(1955-    ) US journalist, editor, translator and author; resident in Spain for at least seventeen years, until 2017. She began publishing work of genre interest with "Poet for Hire" in The Czamina Kid and Other Weird Tales: Mr Mike's First Milwaukee Omnibus (anth 1995) edited by Michael G Corenthal, though she had already worked for some time as a journalist and editor. Her first novel, Semiosis (2018) together with a sequel Interference (2019) form a duology ambitiously ...

Faster Than Light

According to Special Relativity the velocity of light is limiting: no matter how objects alter their velocity relative to one another, the sum of their velocities can never exceed the ultimate constant c (the velocity of light in a vacuum); moreover, the measurement of c is unaffected by the velocity of the measurer. The apparently paradoxical implications of this statement are avoided because objects travelling at high velocities relative to one another are subject to different frames of ...

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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