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Big O

Japanese animated tv series (1999-2000, 2003). Original title Za Biggu Ō. Sunrise. Created by Kazuyoshi Katayama and Hajime Yatate. Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama. Written by Kazuyoshi Katayama and Chiaki J. Konaka. Voice cast includes Tessho Genda, Mitsuru Miyamoto, Emi Shinohara and Akiko Yajima. 26 24-minute episodes. Colour. / The population of Paradigm City (for which read New York) believe they live in the last refuge of humanity; but because of "The Event" 40 years ago, when all ...

Gorst, Harold E

(1868-1950) UK journalist, editor and author, of whose ten or more works of fiction two are sf: Without Bloodshed: A Probability of the Twentieth Century (1897), a Satire set in a Near Future UK whose socialist government has been subverted by American millionaires for their own advantage; and Sketches of the Future (coll 1898), which contains several further satires, always from a politically and culturally conservative point of view (Feminism, for instance, is guyed). [JC]

Weisinger, Mort

(1915-1978) US editor, actively involved in sf Fandom from the early 1930s, editing Fantasy Magazine, the leading Fanzine of its day; he also sold a few sf stories, starting with "The Price of Peace" for Amazing in November 1933 (this may have been preceded by a chapbook edition from Solar Publications, an imprint of Conrad H Ruppert's The ARRA Printers – see Small Presses and Limited Editions – but its existence has not been confirmed). In 1931, at a meeting of the Scienceers sf ...

Grosse Verhau, Der

Film (1970; vt The Big Mess). Kairos Film. Produced and directed by Alexander Kluge. Written by Kluge, Wolfgang Mai. Cast includes Silvia Forsthofer, Siegfried Graue, Vincenz Starr and Maria Sterr. 86 minutes. Black and white and colour. / This West German comedy is by a director – a leading light of the German New Wave – whose apprenticeship was with Fritz Lang. It is an amusing Dystopia set in 2034 CE, when the Galaxy has been opened up to entrepreneurs, and monopoly ...

O'Guilin, Peadar

Working name of Irish author Peadar Ó Guilín (1968-    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Charly's Ark" in Albedo One for Summer 1994; much of his short work was assembled as Forever in the Memory of God and Other Stories (coll 2014). O'Guilin's first series, the Young Adult Bone World Trilogy beginning with The Inferior (2007), is located in what may be a Pocket Universe, possibly Underground, or perhaps within a Generation Starship; in this ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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