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Masciola, Carol

(?   -    ) US screenwriter, journalist and author in whose first novel, the Young Adult The Yearbook (2015), a young protagonist finds herself, after falling asleep over an old yearbook in her high school Library, shifted by a form of Time Travel or Timeslip into the same town eighty years earlier. Here, after plot complications caused or enabled by time-shiftings, she ultimately stays. [JC]

Dragon Ball

Japanese animated tv series (1986-1989). Based on the Manga by Akira Toriyama. Toei Animation. Directed by Daisuke Nishio and Minoru Okazaki. Written by Toshiki Inoue and Takao Koyama. Voice cast includes Takeshi Aono, Shigeru Chiba, Toshio Furukawa, Shōzō Iizuka, Masako Nozawa, Osamu Saka, Mayumi Sho, Naoki Tatsuta and Hiromi Tsuru. 153 24-minute episodes. Colour. / One day Old Master Gohan (Saka) finds an abandoned baby with a tail, which he has raised "and marvelled as the ...

Smith, Kent

(?   -    ) US author in whose sf novel, Future X (1990), a Black man from a racist twenty-first century discovers a Time-Travel device, returns to the time of Malcolm X (1925-1965) with the intention of saving him from assassination, causes his death months too early, and finds himself bound into taking his place. But history continues as before, for there is no way, the book seems to argue, of curing the system that killed Malcolm X in the first place. ...

Wallace, Bryan Edgar

(1904-1971) UK screenwriter and author, son of Edgar Wallace; he adapted some of his father's books for the cinema. His sf novel, The Device (1962), a Near Future tale of attempted world conquest, features an Antihero very similar to Norbert Jacques's Dr Mabuse, and was adapted and filmed as Scotland Yard jagt Dr Mabuse ["Scotland Yard Hunts Dr Mabuse"] (1963; vt Dr Mabuse vs Scotland Yard). His other novels were melodramatic, after his father's example, but nonfantastic. [JC]

Media Magazines

This entry lists the non-academic professional magazines and Semiprozines which focus on nonfiction about sf – especially in Cinema and Television – and which are either given full entries or otherwise discussed in the present encyclopedia. Forrest J Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland is the best-known early example of a media magazine focusing on Monster Movies; it had a long run and numerous imitators. A useful reference cataloguing many of these magazines up to its ...

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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