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Astro Boy

1. Japanese animated tv series (1963-1966; vt Mighty Atom; Astroboy). Original title Tetsuwan Atomu. Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka. Directed by Osamu Tezuka. Writers include Osamu Tezuka, Noriyuki Honma, Masaki Tsuji, Kenichi Takahashi and Yoshiyuki Tomino. Voice cast includes Hisashi Katsuta, Yoko Mizugaki, Reiko Mutou, Mari Shimizu, Kazue Tagami and Hisashi Yokomori. 193 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / It is the year 2000 and a boy, Tobio, dies in a road accident. His father ...

Bogart, William G

(1903-1977) US editor and author of Pulp fiction from the late 1930s, best known under his own name for the Johnny Saxon series of nonfantastic thrillers beginning with Hell on Fridays (1940), noirishly illuminating about the pulp magazine word, including publishers like Street and Smith. He is best known for his contributions to the Doc Savage series as one of the authors publishing under the House Name Kenneth Robeson – whom see for a full list of titles in the series. / A mildly ...

Wellman, Bert J

(?   -?   ) US author of The Legal Revolution of 1902: By a Law-Abiding Revolutionist (1898), which describes, as its title argues, a slow Near Future revolution in America, climaxing around 1920 in the election of a president who represents the best hope for Utopia, and a solution to an issue which has continued to bedevil America in the early twenty-first century: capital-driven destruction of traditional industries and communities. [JC]

Livingstone, Ian

(1949-    ) UK Game designer, writer and entrepreneur, honoured with an Order of the British Empire for "services to the computer game industry" in 2006. With Steve Jackson and John Peake, Livingstone founded Games Workshop in 1975, hoping to create and sell their own games, though the early growth of the business depended on importing US Role Playing Games. Games Workshop was later to become something of a British institution in the mould of 2000 AD, trading on the darkly ...

Fantasy Magazine

1. A variant title (December 1933 to January 1937) of the celebrated Fanzine or Amateur Magazine (which see) Science Fiction Digest, founded 1932, of which Julius Schwartz was one of the editors. This in turn had incorporated The Time Traveller, often regarded as the first true fanzine (January 1932 #1), which Schwartz had published with Mort Weisinger. Fantasy Magazine published original fiction, factual articles, reviews, gossip and biographical pieces. The September 1935 issue is in ...

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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