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Ballantine Books
Ballantine Books
Ballantine Books
is a major book publisher located in the United States, founded in 1952 by Ian Ballantine
Ian Ballantine
with his wife, Betty Ballantine. It was acquired by Random House in 1973, which in turn was acquired by Bertelsmann
Bertelsmann
in 1998 and remains part of that company today. Ballantine's logo is a pair of mirrored letter Bs back to back.[1] The firm's early editors were Stanley Kauffmann and Bernard Shir-Cliff.[2]Contents1 History 2 Science fiction
Science fiction
and fantasy books 3 Cartoons, comics and humor books 4 Ballantine authors 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksHistory[edit] Following Fawcett Publications' controversial 1950 introduction of Gold Medal paperback originals rather than reprints, Lion Books, Avon and Ace also decided to publish originals
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Parent Company
A parent company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operation by doing and influencing or electing its board of directors
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(/ˈhoʊtən ˈmɪflɪn ˈhɑːrkɔːrt/[7]) (HMH) is an educational and trade publisher in the United States. Headquartered in Boston's Financial District, it publishes textbooks, instructional technology materials, assessments, reference works, and fiction and non-fiction for both young readers and adults.Contents1 History1.1 Creation of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt1.1.1 Vivendi purchase 1.1.2
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Ghostwriter
A ghostwriter is hired to write literary or journalistic works, speeches or other texts that are officially credited to another person as the author. Celebrities, executives, participants in timely news stories, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, memoirs, magazine articles, or other written material. In music, ghostwriters are often used to write songs, lyrics and instrumental pieces. Screenplay authors can also use ghostwriters to either edit or rewrite their scripts to improve them. Usually, there is a confidentiality clause in the contract between the ghostwriter and the credited author that obligates the former to remain anonymous. Sometimes the ghostwriter is acknowledged by the author or publisher for his or her writing services, euphemistically called a "researcher" or "research assistant", but often the ghostwriter is not credited. Ghostwriting (or simply "ghosting") also occurs in other creative fields
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George Lucas
George Walton Lucas Jr.[2] (born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. Lucas is best known as the creator of the Star Wars
Star Wars
and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm
and Industrial Light & Magic. He was the chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, before selling it to The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
in 2012.[3] Upon graduating from the University of Southern California
University of Southern California
in 1967, Lucas co-founded American Zoetrope
American Zoetrope
with fellow filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas wrote and directed THX 1138
THX 1138
(1971), based on his earlier student short Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138
THX 1138
4EB, which was a critical success but a financial failure
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Novelization
A novelization (or novelisation) is a derivative novel that adapts the story of a work created for another medium, such as a film, TV series, comic book or video game. Film
Film
novelizations were particularly popular before the advent of home video, but continue to find commercial success as part of marketing campaigns for major films
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Alan Dean Foster
Alan Dean Foster
Alan Dean Foster
(born November 18, 1946) is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, who has written several book series, more than 20 standalone novels and many faithful novelizations of film scripts.Contents1 Education and personal life 2 Writings2.1 Star Wars 2.2 Star Trek3 Awards 4 Bibliography4.1 Humanx Commonwealth Universe4
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Deryni Novels
The Deryni novels are a series of historical fantasy novels by the American author Katherine Kurtz. The first novel in the series to be published was Deryni Rising
Deryni Rising
in 1970, and the most recent, The King's Deryni, was published in 2014. As of 2016, the series consists of five trilogies, one stand-alone novel, various short stories, and two reference books. Most of the series is set in the land of Gwynedd, one of the fictional Eleven Kingdoms
Eleven Kingdoms
(portions of King Kelson's Bride
King Kelson's Bride
take place in the rival kingdom of Torenth). Gwynedd itself is a medieval kingdom that roughly parallels 10th, 11th, and 12th century England, Scotland, and Wales[1] with a powerful Holy Church (based on the Roman Catholic Church), and a feudal government ruled by a hereditary monarchy
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Katherine Kurtz
Katherine Irene Kurtz is an American fantasy writer and author of sixteen historical fantasy novels in the Deryni series. She also wrote several occult alternate history novels in her Templar series, and urban fantasy novels in her Adept series.[1] Her 1970 debut novel, Deryni Rising, was one of the first fantasy novels written in a mode closer to historical fiction than to mythology or legend, as was common in the then-popular high fantasy works such as those by J. R. R. Tolkien
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Al Capp
Alfred Gerald Caplin (September 28, 1909 – November 5, 1979), better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner, which he created in 1934 and continued writing and (with help from assistants) drawing until 1977. He also wrote the comic strips Abbie an' Slats
Abbie an' Slats
(in the years 1937–45) and Long Sam
Long Sam
(1954). He won the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award in 1947 for Cartoonist
Cartoonist
of the Year, and their 1979 Elzie Segar Award, posthumously for his "unique and outstanding contribution to the profession of cartooning." Comic strips dealt with northern urban experiences until the year Capp introduced "Li'l Abner," the first strip based in the South
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Frank Bonham
Frank Bonham (February 25, 1914 – 1988) was an author of Westerns and young adult novels. Bonham wrote 48 novels, as well as TV scripts. Bonham was born in Los Angeles. He was a UCLA graduate.[1] Bonham was known for his works for young adults written in the 1960s, with tough, realistic urban settings,[2] including The Nitty Gritty and Durango Street,[3] as well as for his westerns
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Luke Short
Luke L. Short (January 22, 1854 – September 8, 1893) was an American Old West
Old West
gunfighter, cowboy, U.S. Army
U.S. Army
scout, dispatch rider, gambler, boxing promoter and saloon owner. He survived numerous gunfights, the most famous of which were against Charlie Storms in Tombstone, Arizona
Tombstone, Arizona
Territory and against Jim Courtright in Fort Worth, Texas
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Hal Ellson
Harold "Hal" Ellson (1910 – October 31, 1994 in Brooklyn)[1] was an American author of pulp fiction whose work primarily focused on juvenile delinquency, a field in which he has been described as "one of the most popular" writers[2][3] and as "legendary".[4] Ellson was a social worker,[5] recreational therapist, and nurse's aide at Bellevue Hospital,[1] where he encountered the adolescent psychiatric patients on whom he based much of his fiction; he subsequently stated that many of the patients viewed him as a "father confessor", and eagerly told him their stories while trusting that he would not report them to law enforcement.[6] As a result, Nelson Algren described Ellson's work as "just straight case studies."[7] Frederic Wertham
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Executive Suite
An executive suite in its most general definition is a collection of offices or rooms—or suite—used by top managers of a business—or executives.[1] Over the years, this general term has taken on a variety of specific meanings.Contents1 Corporate office 2 Serviced office2.1 History3 Hotel 4 Stadiums 5 Cultural references 6 ReferencesCorporate office[edit] The oldest use of the term "executive suites" referred to the suite of offices on or near the top floor of a skyscraper where the top executives of a company worked, usually including at least the president or chief executive officer, various vice presidents and their staff. That use was then applied not just to the physical space but also to the people who occupy the offices and their immediate underlings, much like the
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Robert Wise
Robert Earl Wise (September 10, 1914 – September 14, 2005) was an American film director, producer and editor. He won Academy Awards
Academy Awards
for Best Director and Best Picture for both West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965)
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MGM
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Studios Inc. (abbreviated as MGM or M-G-M, also known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
or simply Metro, and for a former interval known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, or MGM/UA) is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs. One of the world's oldest film studios, MGM's headquarters are located at 245 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California.[3] Once the largest, most glamorous, and most revered film studio in Hollywood, MGM was founded in 1924 when the entertainment entrepreneur Marcus Loew
Marcus Loew
gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer
Louis B

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