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(? - ) US author of a Near Future noir thriller, Agents of Insight (1986), in which the eponymous agency finds itself being decimated by a formless foe (see Horror in SF). [JC]
(?1971- ) Scottish designer of Games (see Game Design) and Toys and author of numerous Ties to various domains of the Warhammer Wargame universe. His contributions to Warhammer 40,000 comprise at least two subseries, Warhammer 40,000: The Ultramarines, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Nightbringer (2002), and Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: False Gods (2006). [JC]
(1912-1974) UK editor and author in whose wry and somewhat Surrealist sf novel, The Purple Armchair (1961), the Alien who resembles an armchair and is purple must decide whether or not the human race – caught in a near-future Dystopia dominated by Computers – should survive. Eventually the "chair" says no. [JC]
Japanese animated tv series (2021). CloverWorks. Created and written by Shinji Nojima. Directed by Shin Wakabayashi. Voice cast includes Kanata Aikawa, Tomori Kusunoki, Shuka Saitō, Azusa Tadokoro, Hiroki Takahashi, Yūya Uchida, Megumi Yamaguchi and Hinaki Yano. Twelve 23-minute episodes and a special. Colour. / Isolated and picked on at school because of her heterochromia, Ai Ohto (Aikawa) is befriended by a new pupil, Koito Nagase (Tadokoro), but she is also bullied and later ...
(1939-2004) UK entrepreneur, software developer and author of Little Brother (1983), a tale of sf Paranoia in which young children are ominously taken over by sinister Computers with rightwing agendas. [JC]
(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 ...