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Ives, Cora Semmes

(1834-1916) US amateur theatrical producer and author, whose The Princess of the Moon: a Confederate Fairy Story (1869 chap; exp vt as coll The Princess of the Moon: A Fairy Story and Some Nursery Rhymes 1897) as by A Lady of Warrenton, Va, combines fantasy and sf devices, in a manner lacking a consciously Equipoisal strategy. A wounded Confederate officer, whose land has been ruined by vicious Yankees after the end of the Civil War, is given a Pegasus-like flying horse called Hope (see ...

Land of the Lustrous

Japanese animated tv series (2017); original title Houseki no Kuni. Orange. Based on the Manga by Haruko Ichikawa. Directed by Takahiko Kyogoku. Written by Toshiya Oono. Voice cast includes Tomoyo Kurosawa, Jôji Nakata and Chiwa Saitô. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / On an ocean planet with seven moons, there is only one small landmass on which live 28 immortal humanoid Gems. With their teacher, Kongou-Sensei (Nakata), they fight Lunarians who periodically come to abduct ...

Jackson, Stuart

(?   -2006) UK teacher and author, whose Tracer (1990) depicts a Near Future Britain whose government jails AIDS victims. [JC]

Carroll, Lewis

Pseudonym of UK photographer, mathematician and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), whose famous children's stories, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) – an early example of the novel (sf or otherwise) structured around the moves of a game of Chess – have had a profound impact on a wide range of writers, over and above the numerous Parodies, often dealing with Politics, that the Innocent-in-Wonderland ...

Ewers, Hanns Heinz

(1871-1943) German author, spy in Mexico and the USA in World War One, and early member of the Nazi Party, though he soon alienated its leaders through his insistence that his and their obsession with matters of Blood led inevitably (and properly) to psychic and literal vampirism (see Decadence; Vampires). Supermen predominate in his fiction, much of which remains untranslated. He is noted mainly for a series of novels about Frank Braun – anthropologist and Ubermensch – some of ...

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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