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Super Sentai

Super Sentai (original title Sūpā Sentai Shirīzu), is a long-running (1975-current) Superhero franchise in the Tokusatsu genre, made by the Toei Company: it also includes the Power Rangers (1993-current) series. It is as of January 2021 the world's 32nd highest-grossing media franchise. The first two series, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger ...

Russ, Joanna

(1937-2011) US academic and author who taught at various universities from 1970; she was a professor of English at the University of Washington from 1977 until her retirement in 1991. She began publishing sf in September 1959 with "Nor Custom Stale" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, a journal to which she also contributed intermittent but influential book reviews between 1967 and 1980. Her early work is less formally innovative than the stories she ...

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

(1969-    ) US author who has written sf from a Christian point of view (see Religion), as in his major work to date, the Saga of Davi Rhii comprising The Worker Prince (2012), Rivalry on a Sky Course: A Davil Rhii Story (2012 ebook) and The Returning (2013), whose female protagonist vigorously copes with traditional Space Opera trials, but whose faith remains ...

Zheng Wenguang

(1929-2003) Chinese author, born in Vietnam to ethnic Chinese parents, repatriated in the early days of the People's Republic, sometimes called the "father of Chinese sf" for establishing, in his article "Tantan Kehuan Xiaoshuo" ["Discussing the SF Novel"] (1958 Dushu Ribao), the didactic tone of Children's SF that allowed the genre to survive in an authoritarian environment hostile to imaginative fiction. A research fellow at ...

Francis, Richard H

Working name of UK author and academic Richard Francis (1945-    ), who added a fictitious "H" to distinguish himself from Dick Francis, the thriller writer. His first novel, Blackpool Vanishes (1979), tells the quirky, extremely English story of what happens when microscopic Aliens kidnap the town of Blackpool. In Whispering Gallery (1984) the Invention of a link between bacteria and ...

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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