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Kramer-Rolls, Dana

(1940-    ) US author of Ties to three series: Combat Command in the World of Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant: Cut by Emerald (1987) as Dana Kramer, a Gamebook tied to Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant and to the Combat Command universe; Warhorn: A Crossroads Adventure in the World of Lynn Abbey's Rifkind, Daughter of the Bright Moon (1987) as Dana Kramer, tied to the Rifkind sequence by Lynn Abbey (1948-    ) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...


Sf in the modern sense evolved tentatively in Hungary in the 1870s, although it had had forerunners. The end of the eighteenth century was characterized by the popularity of Fantastic Voyages and Utopias. French and other sources inspired Tariménes utazása ["The Voyage of Tariménes"] (1804) by György Bessenyei (1747-1811). The hero, who gets to an unknown country, not only describes the perfect order of the state but also presents a copy of its constitution. Another ...

Dead Leaves

Japanese animated film (2004). Production I.G. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Takeichi Honda. Cast includes Takako Honda, Yuko Mizutani and Kappei Yamaguchi. Music by Yoshihiro Ike. 50 minutes. Colour. / A young couple wake naked and Amnesiac on wasteland at the edge of a City; they respond with a violent crime spree resulting in their capture and imprisonment in a penal colony (see Crime and Punishment; Prisons) on a somewhat fragmented Moon. They are Pandy (Honda), with a red ...

Knobel, Philip

(1929-1982) US author known only for Mr Moon (1979), a tale of First Contact in which an Alien visits Earth. [JC]

Kollin, Dani

(1964-    ) US advertising copywriter and author, with his twin brother Eytan Kollin, of the Justin Cord sequence beginning with The Unincorporated Man (2009), a Sleeper Awakes tale whose protagonist, after two centuries of Suspended Animation, finds the ruthlessly corporate future (individuals are purchasable on the stock market) not to his fairly conservative taste. This first volume won the Prometheus Award for Libertarian SF. On traditional sf lines, the unincorporated ...

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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