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Wynd, Oswald

(1913-1998) Japanese-born author, in America and Scotland from the 1930s; in addition to several novels under his own name, he wrote thrillers as by Gavin Black. When Ape Is King (1949) is an Apes as Human tale set during the Japanese Invasion of Malaya in World War Two. [JC]

Boudinot, Ryan

(1972-    ) US author, born in the US Virgin Islands, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Civilization" for McSweeney's #14 in 2004, set in a savagely Satirized Near Future America where teenagers are forced to ritually murder their parents; also of interest was "Cardiology" in Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy Volume III (anth 2008) edited by Kevin Brockmeier and Matthew Cheney. The Littlest Hitler: Stories (coll 2006) assembles tales, mostly set in the ...

Maeda Kensetsu

Maeda Kensetsu Kōgyō Kabushiki-kaisha ["Maeda Construction and Manufacturing Limited"], a Japanese building and civil engineering company, established in 1919, credited with many large-scale dams, tunnels and railway lines in Japan and other parts of Asia. Notable here for its Fantasy Eigyō-bu ["Fantasy Marketing Department"], a fake division set up as a public relations and recruitment exercise circa 2003, for which the corporation's engineers and managers would treat science ...

Andromeda Breakthrough, The

UK tv serial (1962). A BBC TV production. Produced by John Elliot, written Fred Hoyle, Elliot. Six episodes, five at 45 minutes, the sixth 50 minutes. Black and white. The cast included Peter Halliday, Mary Morris, Barry Linehan, John Hollis, Susan Hampshire. / In this sequel to A for Andromeda the android woman built according to instructions from the stars is played by Susan Hampshire, not Julie Christie; she has not drowned, as previously thought. She is kidnapped along with scientist ...

Man in the Moon

Film (1960). Allied Film Makers/Excalibur. Directed by Basil Dearden. Written by Bryan Forbes, Michael Relph, and Basil Dearden (uncredited). Cast includes Shirley Anne Field, John Glyn-Jones, Charles Gray, Michael Hordern, Kenneth More and John Phillips. 98 minutes. Black and white. / William Blood (More) is rejected as an experimental subject for research into the common cold because this imperturbable man never gets sick; but the head of the British moon project, Dr Davidson (Hordern), ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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