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Bodelsen, Anders

(1937-2021) Danish author and journalist, author of many novels of suspense, several translated into English. He began to publish work of sf interest with Villa Sunset ["Villa Sunset"] (1964), a Near-Future tale of Fimbul-Winter and glacial transformation (see Climate Change). Frysepunktet (1969; trans Joan Tate as Freezing Point 1971; vt Freezing Down 1971) is also sf. Its protagonist is incurably sick, and is frozen until he can be cured (see Cryonics). The world to which he awakens, ...

Rall, Ted

(1963-    ) US author of a Graphic Novel, 2024 (graph 2001), a Satire of Near Future corporate America – here known as Canamexicusa – explicitly using George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) as its model. Moments of Orwellian hectic intensity, in this case, tend to explode into spoof. [JC]

Ultra Q

Japanese tv series (1965). Original title Urutora Kyū. Developed by Toshihiro Iijima (1932-2021). Tsuburaya Productions. Directors include Kôji Kajita, Samaji Nonagase and Hajime Tsuburaya. Writers include Toshihiro Iijima, Tetsuo Kinjô, Masahiro Yamada and Hiroyasu Yamaura. Cast includes Ureo Egawa, Kenji Sahara, Yasuhiko Saijou and Hiroko Sakurai. 28 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / The series centres on three investigators of the mysterious (though they are absent ...

Interviews with Monster Girls

Japanese animated tv series (2017). Original title Demi-chan wa Kataritai. A-1 Pictures. Based on the Japanese Manga by Petosu. Directors include Ryō Andō. Written by Petosu and Takao Yoshioka. Voice cast includes Yōko Hikasa, Kaede Hondo, Shiina Natsukawa, Minami Shinoda and Junichi Suwabe. Thirteen 22-minute episodes. Colour. / Biology teacher Tetsuo Takahashi (Suwabe) learns that three demi-human pupils and a teacher have joined his school: though he is scientifically ...

Stevens, Isaac N

(1858-1920) US lawyer and author of The Liberators: A Story of Future American Politics (1908), in which two young men – an idealist who derives his passion for justice from the example of Abraham Lincoln, and his enormously wealthy friend – work to transform a Near Future America into a land where all will be treated with fairness; all Transportation companies, and other potential trusts, are nationalized (see Politics). Most of the tale is set in New York, with long passages ...

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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