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Ingersoll, Bob

(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "If Wishes Were Horses" with Tony Isabella for The Ultimate Super-Villains (anth 1996) edited by Stan Lee, and who has since published a Captain America Tie, Captain America: Liberty's Torch (1998) with Tony Isabella and a Star Trek tie, Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist's Corpse (2004) with Tony Isabella. [JC]


Animated film (1988). Akira Committee. Directed by Katsuhiro Ōtomo, from a screenplay by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on the graphic epic Akira (December 1982-June 1990 Young Magazine) by Otomo. Animation studio: Asahi. Chief animator: Takashi Nakamura. 124 minutes. Colour. / In its day Akira was the most successful attempt yet to transfer sophisticated, state-of-the-art Comic-book graphics to the screen. Story-boarded in great detail by the Manga comic's own creator, it is set in ...

Lieberman, Herbert

(1933-    ) US editor, journalist and author of several novels, most of which engage in scenarios involving flight and literal or metaphorical incarceration, but only one of which, Sandman, Sleep (1993), is sf. In the moderately distant Near Future, on a congested but psychically remote Island, a Mad Scientist father-figure conducts experiments in Genetic Engineering in his search for Immortality. References to H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) are made at ...

Howard, Hayden

(1925-2014) US author who began publishing sf with "It" for Planet Stories in January 1952, followed by eighteen further magazine stories with the last appearing in 1971. His one sf novel, The Eskimo Invasion (stories April 1965-April 1967 Galaxy; fixup 1967), set rather unusually in Canada, comprises a speculative view of Overpopulation problems conveyed through an episodic tale based on seven stories published in Galaxy, beginning with "Death and Birth of the Angakok" (April 1965 Galaxy) and ...

Davis, Ellis James

(1850-1905) UK barrister who, mainly in the 1870s, was briefly active as an author. Pyrna: A Commune; Or, Under the Ice (1875) is a Lost World tale, set under a Swiss glacier; the Underground civilization there discovered occupies a geometrical City, where equality between the Sexes is observed. In Front of the World (1876 3vols), even more disquisitional than its wordy predecessor, follows the story of a messianic figure who – after discovering a helpful Telepathic race – proclaims ...

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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