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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Japanese animated tv series (2009-2010). Original title Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Furumetaru Arukemisuto. Based on the Manga by Hiromu Arakawa. Bones. Directed by Yasuhiro Irie. Written by Hiroshi Ōnogi. Voice cast includes Unshou Ishizuka, Iemasa Kayumi, Rie Kugimiya, Shin-ichiro Miki, Kenta Miyake, Fumiko Orikasa, Romi Park, Hidekatsu Shibata, Yoko Soumi, Megumi Takamoto and Shoko Tsuda. ...

Aliens Are Coming, The

US made-for-TV film (1980). Quinn Martin Productions for NBC-TV. Executive producer Philip Saltzman. Directed by Harvey Hart. Written by Robert W Linski. Cast includes Eric Braeden, Melinda O Fee, Max Gail and Tom Mason. 100 minutes, later cut to 90 minutes. Colour. / From his research facility, astrophysicist Dr Scott Dryden (Mason) tracks an Spaceship descending to the Nevada desert; this proves to contain hostile Aliens ...

Thomas, Craig

(1942-2011) Welsh author of Technothrillers, one of the earliest practitioners of the form; of his eighteen novels, those of most sf interest comprise the Firefox sequence – Firefox (1977) and Firefox Down (1983) – about a Near-Future Russian fighter, the MiG-31, which boasts both anti-radar and a Weapons system operated by thought waves (see ...

Connington, J J

Pseudonym for all his fiction of Scots author and chemistry professor Alfred Walter Stewart (1880-1947), coiner of the term "isobar" in the sense which (complementing "isotope") describes elements of the same atomic weight but with different atomic numbers. As a writer, he is best known for his 25 detective novels and for his one sf novel, Nordenholt's Million (1923). An early story of world-Disaster being surmounted, it is realistic, reasoned, ...

Lafargue, Philip

Pseudonym of UK author and physician Joseph Henry Philpot (1850-1939), whose The Forsaken Way: A Romance (1900) depicts a devastated UK, at the close of the twentieth century, as a Decadent and therefore romantic ruin (see Ruins and Futurity). After falling in love, the protagonist leaves his monastery and starts a new life. [JC]

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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