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Liston, Edward

(1900-1986) UK-born physician, flight surgeon and author, naturalized as a US citizen in 1932; in his Lost Race novel, The Bowl of Night (1948), a flight surgeon crash-lands in the Mexican jungle, where he discovers a Mayan civilization accessible only through passages Underground; the Mayans, though totally out of touch with the outside world, have developed science and Technology to ...

Ai City

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1986; vt Love City). Based on the Manga by Shuho Itahashi, aka SYUFO. Ashi Productions. Directed by Kōichi Mashimo. Written by Hideki Sonoda. Voice cast includes Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Mami Koyama, Ichirō Nagai, Nachi Nozawa, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Yuki Ueda and Takeshi Watabe. 86 minutes. Colour. / The film opens in medias res with a car chase across a ...

Parkinson, H F

(?   -    ) UK author whose Near Future sf novel, They Shall not Die (1939), describes with muted irony the effects of a Medicine which prevents all disease and grants Immortality, but also sterilizes those who use it: only those who remain prone to the ills of the flesh can continue the race. [JC]

van Herck, Paul

(1938-1989) Belgian (Flemish) author whose Sam, of de Pluterdag (1968; trans Danny De Laet and Willy Magiels as Where Were You Last Pluterday? 1973) is a Satire of a society in which the higher classes have access to an extra day of the week. Van Herck also wrote a collection of ingenious short stories, De Cirkels en andere fantastische verhalen ["The Circles"] (coll 1965). [JC] see also: ...

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

Film (1985; vt Dinosaur ... Secret of the Lost Legend). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Buena Vista Distribution. Produced by Jonathan T Taplin and Roger Spottiswood. Directed by Bill L Norton (credited as B W L Norton). Written by Clifford and Ellen Greene, based on the juvenile storybook by David Lee Miller. Cast includes William Katt, Patrick McGoohan and Sean Young. 95 minutes. Colour. / Two young married ...

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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