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Slater, Ian

(1941-    ) Australian-born political scientist and author, in Canada from the 1970s; most of his singletons, beginning with Firespill (1977), are Technothrillers, sometimes involving Disasters beyond the yet-experienced, and Technology-driven solutions. Of more direct sf interest is the World War III sequence beginning with WW III: World War III (1990), in which World War Three between (mainly) America and the USSR begins in a not exactly specified Near Future. Various ...

Bradley, Marion Zimmer

(1930-1999) US author, initially of adventure sf with an emphasis on swashbuckling routines, often verging on Sword and Sorcery, though always with a recognizably sf rationale; and of other fairly unremarkable work, some of it (not usually fantastic) under names like Lee Chapman, John Dexter, Miriam Gardner, Valerie Graves and Morgan Ives. She began publishing short stories professionally in 1953 with "Women Only" and "Keyhole", both for Vortex Science Fiction #2; some of this early work ...

Heaven's Design Team

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Original title Tenchi Sōzō Dezain-bu. Based on the Manga by Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki and Tarako. Asahi Production. Directed by Sōichi Masui. Written by Michiko Yokote. Voice cast includes Junya Enoki, Yumi Hara, Kazuhiko Inoue, Daisuke Kishio, Naomi Ōzora, Junichi Suwabe, Naoki Tatsuta, Ryota Takeuchi, Asuna Tomari and Yūichirō Umehara. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / After the effort of forming heaven and earth, God ...

Rosewater, Frank

(1856-1934) US reformer and author whose arguments about the Utopia – focused on a reiterated argument that all income should be spent in the year of its earning – shape his obscurely told fictions. Two are of some interest: '96: A Romance of Utopia (1894; vt Utopia: A Romance of Today 1894) [for subtitles for this and the next title cited, see Checklist], whose protagonists travel by balloon to a Lost World in Africa, where the state of Lukka exemplifies Rosewater's theses; and ...

Wul, Stefan

Pseudonym of French dental surgeon and author Pierre Pairault (1922-2003), who swept onto the sf scene with several consistent and imaginative novels, all published 1956-1959. In his first, Retour à "O" ["Return to Zero"] (1956), a desperate attempt by Earth – to control criminals imprisoned on the Moon (see Crime and Punishment) by shrinking them (see Miniaturization) – catastrophically backfires: all human life on Earth is destroyed, though two humans from the Moon ...

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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