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Berkley Showcase, The

Original Anthology series from Berkley Books, consisting of The Berkley Showcase: New Writings in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 1 (anth 1980), The Berkley Showcase: New Writings in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 2 (anth 1980), The Berkley Showcase: Vol 3 (anth 1981) without the usual subtitle on the title page, although it appears on the cover, The Berkley Showcase: New Writings in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 4 (anth 1981), all edited by Victoria Schochet and John Silbersack; and ...

Koester, Frank

(1876-1927) German-born engineer and author whose birth name was Franz Koester; in the US from 1902 and naturalized in 1904. His Under the Desert Stars (1923) is a Lost Race tale set in the Sahara Desert. [JC]

Hervey, Michael

(1915-1979) UK author who moved to Australia in 1951; born Mark Hockman but known as Mark Hoffman until he changed his name by deed poll to Michael Hervey in 1942. He is the author of an estimated 3500 short stories in various genres. His sf work is minor; it includes a Utopia, Strange Hunger (1946), in which the Federated States must defend themselves against evil Slavonia, and The Silver Death (?1945 chap), about a German Poison gas which turns victims silver; some of the stories assembled in ...

Sillitoe, Alan

(1928-2010) UK author best known for early "kitchen-sink drama" novels like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958), though he remained active well into the present century. The General (1960), filmed as Counterpoint (1967), involves a hijacked orchestra with abstract armies clashing on an abstract ground, perhaps not Terran. The long title poem of The Rats and Other Poems (coll 1960) literalizes Underground rats in Horror in SF terms, though the main drift of the narrative is to allegorize ...

Empire I

Board and counter Wargame (1973). Third Millenia (TM). Designed by William Gemmill, Randall Thomas. / Between the release of Lensman in 1969 and the start of the science fiction Wargame boom in 1974 with the publication of Starforce: Alpha Centauri and Stellar Conquest, several other games were created which modelled future conflicts using physical maps and counters. In the UK the most prominent such work was 4000 AD (1972); in the US a number of Wargames of this kind were released by then ...

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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