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Oshii Mamoru

(1951-    ) Japanese director, scriptwriter, animator and author. Joining Tatsunoko Productions in 1977 as an Anime storyboard artist, Oshii worked on such shows as Time Bokan (1975-1976; vt Timefighters; vt Timefighters in the Land of Fantasy; 61 episodes) about the search for a Scientist lost whilst testing his insect-shaped Time Machine and the strange jewel that returned in his place; he would go on to direct several episodes of its sequels, Yatterman (1977-1979; 108 ...

Guest, Ernest

Pseudonym of the UK author Henry Gilbert (1868-1937), none of whose works under his own name have fantastic content, though Robin Hood and the Men of the Greenwood (1912) hints at a Green Man [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] provenance. As Guest, Gilbert wrote At the End of the World: A Vision (1929), in which the End of the World – and of the solar system itself – is dramatized through the death of the Last Man; the tale then segues – after the fashion of ...

Givins, Robert C

(1845-1915) Canadian-born real estate developer (including a castle for himself in South Chicago) and author, in US from an early age; his romances were sometimes published as by Snivig C Trebor (his name spelled backwards). His one sf novel, A Thousand Miles an Hour (1913), might stand as a compendium of misunderstood science – examples being the concept of an aeroplane whose vertical screw allows it to remain still while the world turns, and the notion that Gravity stops forty miles up ...

France, Anatole

Working name of Jacques Anatole-François Thibault (1844-1924), French author active from the early 1860s until his death; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921. His essayistic "pagan" Satires seem perhaps less relevant now than formerly, their amused rationality failing to bite with sufficient savagery into targets like official religion and sexual prudery. Of sf interest are Sur la pierre blanche (1904 l'Humanité; coll of linked stories 1905; trans Charles E Roche as The ...

Touno Mamare

Pen-name of Daisuke Umezu (1973-    ), a Japanese author whose work sits in playful opposition to many tropes of Pulp fiction in the 2010s. Originally posted in serial form online in 2009 as by "Marmalade Sand", his Maōyū (Maō Yūsha – literally, "Demon King and Hero") series begins where most stories end with the confrontation of a human hero and a demon overlord at the culmination of a fifteen-year war. The characters, however, recognize that they ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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