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Smith, George O

(1911-1981) US electronics engineer and author, most active and prominent in the 1940s in Astounding Science-Fiction, in which his first story, "QRM – Interplanetary", appeared in October 1942: the tale both began his sf career and initiated his most famous endeavour, the Venus Equilateral Series of stories (all in Astounding except for one late addition) about a Communications-centred Space Station in the forward Trojan position (60° ahead of the planet) of the orbit of Venus (see ...

Del Rey Books

US paperback imprint, founded 1977, a subsidiary of Ballantine Books, itself a part of Random House. The imprint was named by then-Ballantine editor Judy-Lynn del Rey for her husband Lester del Rey; the original Ballantine imprint is now little used for sf. Judy-Lynn, who died in 1986, was editor-in-chief and, from 1982, publisher; Lester, the very successful fantasy editor, retired from the company in 1991 at the age of 76. Del Rey Books is an sf/fantasy imprint, though it is in fantasy that ...

Invader Zim

US animated tv series (2001-2002, 2006). Nickelodeon/Nicktoons Network. Created by Jhonen Vasquez, also executive producer. Writers include Frank Conniff, Rob Hummel, Eric Trueheart and Jhonen Vasquez. Directors: Jordan Reichek and Steve Ressel. Voice cast includes Andy Berman, Lucille Bliss, Melissa Fahn, Richard Steven Horvitz and Rikki Simons. 27 22-minute episodes, most with two stories. Colour. / After Zim (Horvitz), a member of the planet-conquering Irken race, accidentally invades ...

Nielsen, Terese

(1966-    ) American artist, her name sometimes misspelled as Therese, the ex-wife of artist Cliff Nielsen. After completing her training with a BFA degree from Pasadena's prestigious Art Center College of Design in 1991, she began doing artwork for comic books and gaming; and work related to role-playing games like Magic: The Gathering, rather than book covers, has remained her main source of income. Her work for comic books includes covers and interior art for titles like ...

Havens, Nicodemus

Pseudonym of an unidentified author (?   -?   ) writing in the character of a US workingman who, according to Max Page's The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction (2008), may have produced the first tale to predict the destruction of New York. In Wonderful Vision of Nicodemus Havens, of the City of New York, Cordwainer, Wherein he was Presented with a View of the Situation of the World, After the Dreadful Fourth ...

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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