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Porter, Andrew

(1946-    ) US editor and publisher, active in Fandom since the 1960s, who founded and ran the influential Algol, for which he won a 1974 Hugo, as well as its longer-lived companion, Science Fiction Chronicle, a major Newszine which won Hugos as best Semiprozine in 1993 and 1994. Science Fiction Chronicle was eventually acquired by DNA publications in 2000, with Porter continuing as news editor until replaced in 2002. / Porter also published several titles under his ...

Schmidt, Stanley

(1944-    ) US editor, author and academic, with a 1969 PhD in physics, which he taught until 1978. In that year he became editor of Analog, a position he held continually until his retirement in August 2012, matching John W Campbell Jr's thirty-four years in the post. He performed this daunting task – which at its simplest might be described as maintaining a home for the Hard SF Thought Experiment – in the forthright manner Campbell established, though rather ...

Javor, Frank A

Working name of US author Francis Anthony Jaworski (1916-2003), who wrote an estimated 10,000 "how to" articles for service magazines; he also wrote as F A Javor. He published six stories in sf magazines in 1963 and 1964, his first such appearance being "Patriot" (August 1963 Analog); three tales were included in the Judith Merril Year's Best S-F series of anthologies. The Eli Pike series of sf novels – The Rim-World Legacy (1967; exp as coll vt The Rim-World Legacy and Beyond 1991), ...

Dead Leaves

Japanese animated film (2004). Production I.G. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Takeichi Honda. Cast includes Takako Honda, Yuko Mizutani and Kappei Yamaguchi. Music by Yoshihiro Ike. 50 minutes. Colour. / A young couple wake naked and Amnesiac on wasteland at the edge of a City; they respond with a violent crime spree resulting in their capture and imprisonment in a penal colony (see Crime and Punishment; Prisons) on a somewhat fragmented Moon. They are Pandy (Honda), with a red ...

Time Radio

Term used by this encyclopedia for specialized Time Machines which allow information to be sent, without gross physical interaction, from the future to the past. (The reverse may also be possible but generally lacks sf interest: unless worldwide Holocaust or a sizeable Time Abyss has intervened, physical records – from paper to fossils – will normally suffice to transmit information from past to future.) The instantaneous Dirac Communicator introduced by James Blish in "Beep" ...

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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