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Balfour, Bruce

(?1958-    ) US Comics author, computer games designer from the 1980s, and author who began publishing fiction of genre interest with "Thunder Pigeon" for Fantasy Book in June 1985. In comics, he is perhaps best known for Jack the Ripper (October 1989-February 1990 Eternity Comics; graph 1990) illustrated Paul Mendoza, and for writing Keith Laumer's Retief (December 1989-October 1990 ...

Sloane, William M

(1906-1974) US playwright, publisher and author whose interest in the occult was reflected in his sf novels, To Walk the Night (1937; rev 1954) and The Edge of Running Water (1939; vt The Unquiet Corpse 1956), both later assembled as The Rim of Morning (omni 1964); along with one story, "Let Nothing You Dismay" (in Stories for Tomorrow, anth 1954, ed Sloane), they are all the sf he wrote. To Walk the Night ...

Wood, Susan

(1948-1980) Canadian sf critic and academic, with a PhD in nineteenth-century Canadian literature, who taught English (including sf) at the University of British Columbia. An sf fan of great energy, she won a 1973 Hugo as Susan Wood Glicksohn with her then husband Mike Glicksohn for Energumen as Best Fanzine, a second (now as Susan Wood again) for Best Fan Writer in 1974, and a third for Best Fan Writer (tied with Richard E ...

Otto, Erik A

(?   -    ) US author of fantasy [not here listed] and sf, the latter including several novels. Detonation (2018) depicts two societies, both perhaps Dystopian, one from before and one after the titular event, a kind of imposition of technological Singularity on the part of an AI. In A Toxic Ambition (2020), planet Earth is controlled from ...

Astronaut's Wife, The

Film (1999). New Line Cinema/Mad Chance. Directed and written by Rand Ravich. Cast includes Nick Cassavetes, Johnny Depp, Samantha Eggar, Clea Duvall, Joe Morton, Donna Murphy, Charlize Theron. 109 minutes. Colour. / There is little to say about the sad schizophrenic gap between the competent flow of Rand Ravich's direction of The Astronaut's Wife and the lame Cliché-ridden retro-bondage that slowly hamstrings the actual story. This slow ...

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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