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Tsutsui Yasutaka

(1934-    ) Multiple-award winning author, sometime actor and scenarist, whose works of Absurdist SF and commentary on the Media Landscape made him one of the Big Three of Japanese sf in the twentieth century, alongside Shinichi Hoshi and Sakyō Komatsu. He is best understood first as Japan's answer to the New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s, and such social satirists as Robert Sheckley, Norman Spinrad and Kurt Vonnegut Jr; his later works form the basis of Japan's sf ...

North, William

(1825-1854) UK author whose precocious first novel, Anti-Coningsby; Or, The New Generation Grown Old (1844 2vols), is a Satire shaped as a Sequel by Other Hands to Benjamin Disraeli's Coningsby; Or, the New Generation (1844), in which new Inventions are used to sink the French fleet, and a very Near Future new government takes office. Other novels of interest include The City of the Jugglers; Or, Free-Trade in Souls: A Romance of the Golden Age (1850), which incorporates elements of occult ...

Yellow Magazine, The

UK fortnightly general fiction magazine published by Amalgamated Press, London; 130 issues, 23 September 1921 to 17 September 1926, appeared alternate Fridays with The Red Magazine, both edited by John Stock. The magazine was very similar to The Red, though if anything was more light-hearted. For the five years it existed it seemed to siphon away from The Red much of its mystery fiction and science fiction. Many of the same contributors appeared: R Coutts Armour, writing mostly as Coutts ...

Budz, Mark

(1960-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The War Inside" for Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine in June 1991, and who published further short fiction in the 1990s; his ongoing Clade sequence – comprising Clade (2003), Crache (2005) and Idolon (2006), with further volumes projected – presents a noirish Near Future America where power is exercised – and various levels of the social order are controlled – through the ...

Behind the Planet of the Apes

Television documentary (1998) about the making of the sf film Planet of the Apes (1968) and its sequels. Van Ness Films. Directed by Kevin Burns and David Comtois; written by Burns, Comtois and Brian Anthony. Featuring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, and production team members including Mort Abrahams. 127 minutes. Colour. [DRL] links / Internet Movie Database

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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