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Aldridge, Alan

(1943-2017) UK artist and author, active from about 1963, initially as an illustrator for The Sunday Times Magazine. He created a number of striking sf covers in his distinctive quasi-psychedelic airbrushed style for Penguin Books, first as a freelance and then as Penguin's art director from 1965 to 1968, when he moved on to his own graphic design company INK. Aldridge's most prolific year at Penguin was 1967, with memorable cover art for J G Ballard's The Wind from Nowhere (October 1961 New ...

Chambless, Edgar

(1870-1936) US visionary and author whose Utopia, Roadtown (1910), promulgates a radically modernizing concept for the City as a literal embodiment of the centrality of Transportation: "a line of city ... projected through the country ... in the form of a continuous house. In the basement ... are to be placed means of transporting passengers, freights, parcels and all utilities...." This concept of a house-wide Linear City capable of spanning America in a continuous line from New York to San ...

Kemono Friends

Japanese animated tv series (2017-current). Yaoyorozu (season 1), Tomason (season 2). Created by Mine Yoshizaki. Season 1 directed and written by Tatsuki; season 2 directed by Ryuichi Kimura and written by Takuya Masumot. Voice cast includes Kanae Ito, Yuu Kobayashi, Ai Nonaka, Yuka Ozaki and Aya Uchida. 24 24-minute episodes to date (plus numerous shorts). Colour. / This cheaply produced show (the CG animation is particularly primitive) was developed to promote an unsuccessful Nexon ...

Silent, William T

Pseudonym of US author John William Jackson Jr (1945-    ), author of Lord of the Red Sun (1972), which begins as a Space Opera but becomes a Planetary Romance. [JC]

Bradley, Jack

(?1903-?   ) US author known only for The Torch of Ra (1930 chap), a Near Future tale contributed to Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series, in which a terrorist organization attempts to destroy New York with a Ray that melts buildings. [JC]

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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