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Top o Nerae

["Aim for the Top"]. Animated video series (1988 Japan; vt Gunbuster, 1990 US). Gainax, Bandai Emotion. Directed by Hideaki Anno. Written by Hideaki Anno and Toshio Okada. Cast includes Noriko Hidaka, Maria Kawamura, Rei Sakuma and Norio Wakamoto. 180 minutes (6 x 30 minutes). Five episodes colour, last episode mainly black and white. / A Future War Anime in which the teenage Noriko (Hidaka) volunteers as a Mecha pilot in Earth's military after her Starship captain father is killed in a ...

Corbett, Mrs George

(1846-1930) English author both in books and for the stage, very prolific during the 1890s and around the turn of the century, with many stories and serials in newspapers not reprinted in book form. Noted at the time for her detective stories including her first, The Missing Note (1881). She produced two books of sf interest. Pharisees Unveiled (1889), which sold out on the day of publication, is presented as a detective novel but concerns a doctor who uses an Invisibility potion in order to ...

Teng Ye

(?   -    ) Chinese author, winner of numerous online writing competitions organized by the Douban site, whose English-language debut was "Yuzhou-pian Xiangyan" (in Scifi New Year Gala, anth 2017; trans by Yang Yuzhi as "Universal Cigarettes" in Dawning in the East, anth 2017), in which a rep from a Drugs company hits upon the idea of despoiling the Earth in order to create a perpetually smoking tower of tobacco. Beyond the discussion of the technology ...

Barnes, Adrian

(1963-2018) UK-born teacher, journalist and author, in Canada from childhood, whose first novel, Satan a la Mode: A Devilish Piece of Good News (2006) is an Absurdist fantasy. His first sf novel, Nod (2012), comprises the manuscript of a man immune to a Near Future sleeping disorder – chronic sleep deprivation – that has effectively ended civilization, turning the sleepless into Zombie-like Monsters for whom insanity is followed, after a few weeks, by death. The Sleeper protagonist ...

Gineste, Raoul

Pseudonym of French journalist, poet and author Adolph Augier (1852-1914), whose sf novel, La seconde vie du docteur Albin (1902; trans Brian Stableford as The Second Life of Doctor Albin 2016), follows the investigations of the eponymous Scientist into the nature of the scientific mind; these investigations, which lead to the reanimation of his severed head (see Identity Transfer), are in a sense inconclusive. [JC]

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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