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Abyss & Apex

US Online Magazine that qualifies as a Semiprozine based on wordrate and estimated readership. It was founded by Carol Burrell, Leah Bobet and Elizabeth Bear and published by Burrell from New York under the ByrenLee Press imprint. Elizabeth Bear was managing editor from the first issue (January/February 2003), to issue #7 (January/February 2004), followed by Kathryn Allen (March/April 2004 #8), Aleta Daknis (to #16 October 2005). Thereafter Wendy S Delmater was editor – and also became ...

Fantasy Publishing Company Inc

US Small Press based in Los Angeles and specializing in sf/fantasy, generally known by its initials FPCI. One of the many semiprofessional publishing enterprises of William L Crawford, FPCI was one of the less notable companies to start issuing magazine sf in book form in the late 1940s and the 1950s. Its authors included L Sprague de Camp, L Ron Hubbard, Olaf Stapledon, John Taine and A E van Vogt, but only lesser works of theirs. Crawford also published the magazines Fantasy Book and later ...

Francis, Matthew

(1956-    ) UK poet, editor and author whose sf novel, Whom (1989), is set in an America secretly governed by a vast Computer and ravaged by fundamentalist anxieties (see Religion); the tale itself includes Timeslip episodes, plus some mild-mannered Satire, and intimations of that Holocaust and rapture will soon prove themselves to be the same ending, differently described. One of Francis's volumes of poetry, Mandeville (coll of linked poems 2008 chap), retells the travels ...

Fawcett, F Dubrez

(1891-1968) UK author active in various genres under his own name and several others from 1923; non-sf pseudonyms included Cass Borelli, Henri Dupres, Madame E Farra, "Griff", Eugene Glen, Duke Linton, Coolidge McCann, Elmer Eliot Saks, Ben Sarto and Hank Spencer. Much of his output consisted of such thrillers as Miss Otis Comes to Piccadilly (1946) as by Ben Sarto, and its many quite popular successors. The Wonderful Isle of Ulla-Gapoo (1946) is a mild fantasy; he edited an edition of The ...

Tales of Tomorrow [tv/radio]

1. US tv series (1951-1953). ABC TV. Created and produced by George Foley, Dick Gordon. Story editor: Theodore Sturgeon. Two seasons with 85 episodes in all; season one ran from 3 August 1951 to 8 August 1952 (43 episodes) and season two from 22 August 1952 to 12 June 1953 (42 episodes). 25 minutes per episode. Black and white. / One of the earliest and most successful sf-anthology Television series, Tales of Tomorrow was ambitious but, like most television of the period, limited by the ...

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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