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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 ...

Vinton, Arthur Dudley

(1852-1906) US lawyer and author whose Looking Further Backward: Being a Series of Lectures Delivered to the Freshman Class at Shawmut College by Professor Won Lung Li (Successor of Prof Julian West) [for full subtitle see Checklist] (coll 1890) works as a direct sequel to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), demonstrating how the world of 2000 has been fatally feminized and vulnerable to Invasion; the Future War described by the eponymous professor – his name, when pronounced "One ...

Wind Named Amnesia, A

Japanese animated film (1990; vt The Wind of Amnesia). Original title Kaze no Na wa Amunejia. Based on the novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi. Madhouse. Directed by Kazuo Yamazaki. Written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Kenji Kurata and Kazuo Yamazaki. Voice cast includes Keiko Toda, Kappei Yamaguchi and Kazuki Yao. 80 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in the 1990s a wind swept across the world, causing everyone to lose their Memories – including language – reducing them to beasts (see Disaster). ...

Martin, Graham Dunstan

(1932-    ) Scottish teacher, translator and author who began publishing work of genre interest with the Giftwish children's fantasy sequence: Giftwish (1978) and Catchfire (1981), both as Graham Martin. With The Soul Master (1984), as Martin, he moved sf-wards; though the godling-dominated land of Tethesta is described in terms of fantasy. There are Teleportation-like effects as the ruler's puppet soldiers – whose Identities have been subsumed into his – cannot ...

Totò nella Luna

Italian film (1958; vt Totò in the Moon). Maxima Films/Variety Films/Montfluor Films. Directed by Steno [Stefano Vanzina]. Written by Sandro Continenza, Ettore Scola, and Steno, based on a story by Lucio Fulci and Steno. Cast includes Jim Dolen, Sylva Koscina, Richard McNamara, Sandra Milo, Luciano Salce, Agostino Salvietti, Ugo Tognazzi, Renato Tontini and Totò. 101 minutes. Black and white. / While mysterious Aliens, represented by animated circles resembling eyes or sound ...

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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