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Silent Möbius

Japanese animated film (1991; vt Silent Möbius: The Motion Picture). Anime International Company (AIC). Based on the Manga by Kia Asamiya (a pseudonym of Michitaka Kikuchi). Directed by Kazuo Tomizawa and Michitaka Kikuchi. Written by Kei Shigema and Michitaka Kikuchi. Voice cast includes Toshiko Fujita, Masako Ikeda and Naoko Matsui. 53 minutes. Colour. / In a high-tech future Tokyo, Katsumi Liqueur (Matsui) battles a Lucifer Hawk – "beings of anomalous forms whose purpose and ...

Davis, Margaret

(1951-    ) US author of the Mind sequence of Space Operas comprising Mind Light (1993) and Minds Apart (1994), in which a family of interstellar traders interacts with governments, other traders and Aliens. [JC]

Rigg, Robert B

(1913-1986) US soldier and author of several nonfiction texts on military topics. His sf novel War – 1974 (1958) puts into the didactic fictional form of a Future-War narrative about World War Three his speculations about developments in Weapons and tactics. After an initial exchange of nuclear ICBMs, and an attempted Soviet Invasion of America, East and West settle down to conventional conflict dominated by much implausible non-nuclear gimmickry. [JC]

Headley, Maria Dahvana

(1977-    ) US author who first came to notice for a memoir, The Year of Yes (2006). Most of her fiction has been fantasy, though infused with a generic adventurousness typical of twenty-first century Fantastika in general, beginning with Queen of Kings (2011), which initiates a proposed series featuring Cleopatra. In this tale her historical/fantasized Cleopatra (69-20 BCE) does not die from the asp that traditionally bit her, as she has sold her soul to remain alive; ...

deFord, Miriam Allen

(1888-1975) US author, editor and feminist, who was active as a journalist and editor from 1912; married to the distinguished nonfiction author Maynard Shipley (1872-1934) from 1921; she worked as a researcher for Charles Fort between 1922 and his death in 1932; she was the San Francisco correspondent for the socialist Federated Press from 1921 to 1956, and a contributing editor to The Humanist. For the educational publisher Haldeman-Julius she wrote and/or edited a number of short books in the ...

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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