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Abrashkin, Raymond

(1911-1960) US film director, screenwriter, and author. His best-known film was The Little Fugitive (1953). For his collaborative work on the Danny Dunn series of sf juveniles (see Children's SF), see his co-author Jay Williams. [JC]

Hunger Games, The: Catching Fire

Film (2013). Lionsgate/Color Force. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Written by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt, based on a novel by Suzanne Collins. Cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland. 146 minutes. Colour. / Francis Lawrence replaced Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games (2012), for the second adaptation of Collins's hugely popular series; he inherited two significant and unavoidable problems. Firstly, this is a middle volume, so it is ...

Hornig, Charles D

(1916-1999) US editor whose career began in September 1933 when, as a young sf fan, he started a Fanzine called The Fantasy Fan: The Fans' Own Magazine (see Amateur Magazine), and happened to send a copy of it to Hugo Gernsback. By coincidence, Gernsback was at that time looking for a new managing editor for Wonder Stories, and was so impressed by Hornig's editorial that he decided to offer him the post. At seventeen, Hornig became the youngest-ever sf magazine editor, attending evening classes ...

Holt, Robert Lawrence

(1939-    ) US author of Technothrillers whose Good Friday (1987), set in the Near Future, describes the Soviet invasion of Saudi Arabian oilfields on the sacred day of the title; in Peacemaker (1991) with Frank R Holt, an AI goes mental, almost causing a Star Wars Disaster. [JC]

Starlog

US monthly nonfiction magazine about sf (and fantasy) in the media, largely films and television, founded 1976, current; small-Bedsheet, saddle-stapled; publishers included O'Quinn Studios, Starlog Communications, New York, and The Brooklyn Company; editors have included Howard Zimmerman and David McDonnell. / This magazine aimed at the juvenile market was for many years a success (with a circulation of around quarter of a million), and generated spin-off books and posters plus various ...

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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