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Gibson, Gary

(1965-    ) Scots author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Mother Love" for Skeleton Crew in March 1991, and whose first novel, Angel Stations (2004), neatly follows the pattern of the "new Space Opera", the kind of baroquely expansive tale which exfoliated in the late twentieth century and whose most comprehensive example may be Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos (omni 1990). Angel Stations is set chronologically in the midst of a galaxy-wide Future War conducted ...

Warner, Harry, Jr

(1922-2003) US journalist, author and sf fan, publisher of several Fanzines, including Spaceways and the long-lived Horizons, which appeared regularly in FAPA from 1939 until his death. He was noted for prolific writing of letters of comment to others' fanzines for most of this period. Warner also made several professional sales to SF Magazines in the 1940s and 1950s, beginning with the poem "Realization" (January 1940 Weird Tales); his first professionally published story was the vignette ...

Shimmin, Graeme

(1967-    ) UK author whose first novel, A Kill in the Morning (2014), is a Hitler Wins tale set in an Alternate History 1955 Britain and Europe, the Jonbar Point being the death of Winston Churchill in 1941, after which World War Two ends in a draw. The story itself is a thriller whose James-Bond-like assassin protagonist is plunged into a Gestapo conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler and restart the war. A secret Weapon comes into play, and an attractive resistance fighter. ...

Vallejo, Boris

(1941-    ) American artist, born in Peru, who usually signs his work "Boris"; he is the father of artist Dorian Vallejo, husband of artist Julie Bell, and stepfather of artists David Palumbo and Anthony Palumbo. After briefly pursuing a career in medicine, which may have influenced his later renderings of human anatomy, Vallejo was trained in graphic design before moving to the United States in 1964 to pursue a career as an artist. There he met and married his first wife, ...

Babylon A.D.

Film (2008). Twentieth Century Fox presents a Babylon A.D. SAS and StudioCanal production. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Written by Éric Besnard, Mathieu Kassovitz and Joseph Simas from the novel Babylon Babies (1999) by Maurice G Dantec. Cast includes Gérard Depardieu, Vin Diesel, Charlotte Rampling, Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson and Michelle Yeoh. 96 minutes. Colour. / The mercenary Toorop (Diesel) is hired by Russian mobster Gorsky (Depardieu) to escort ...

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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