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Monkey Punch

(1937-2019) Working name of Kazuhiko Katō, a Japanese Manga artist, largely remembered for a crime caper series (see Crime and Punishment) with frequent crossovers into Equipoise and the Technothriller. His first few strips were published as by Kazuhiko Katō, a pseudonym written with different characters, but pronounced the same as his real name. He reluctantly allowed his editor to call him "Monkey Punch" on what was supposed to be a short-lived, three-month job, the crime series ...


For games as a theme within sf, see Games and Sports. This entry deals with games based on sf and provides a gateway to the extensive network of game entries added in the third edition of this encyclopedia. / Games are an ancient form of entertainment which have been part of human culture since at least 2600 BCE, when the Royal Game of Ur was played in Mesopotamia (see Board Games). The long history of Board Games and Card Games has, however, little connection to the development of science ...

Moody, H A

(?   -?   ) US author of an unusually intense Lost Race tale, The City Without a Name (1898), in which a white explorer, disguising himself as an Indian, discovers an Incan City whose king is in fact a woman in disguise. The land is surrounded by Monsters. They fall in love, marry, have a son, she is killed, her husband escapes. Twenty years later the son must decide whether or not to return to claim the throne. [JC]

Harrison, Harry

(1925-2012) US illustrator, editor and author, born Henry Maxwell Dempsey (though his father changed his name to Harrison soon after his son's birth), resident in later years, after many years of travelling, partly in the UK and partly in the US. Harrison began his career as a commercial artist about 1946, working chiefly in comics as an illustrator and writer, often in collaboration with Wallace A Wood, supplying illustrations as well to magazines like Galaxy Science Fiction and eventually ...

Miller, R DeWitt

(1910-1958) US author who was involved in promulgating ideas about Fortean phenomena (see Charles Fort), and who began publishing sf with "The Shapes" for Astounding in February 1936. In addition to some works of Fortean nonfiction, such as You Do Take It with You (1956), he published an sf novel, The Man Who Lived Forever (March 1938 Astounding as "The Master Shall Not Die!" as by Miller alone; rev 1956 dos; vt Year 3097 1958) with Anna Hunger, about an immortal (see Immortality) who struggles ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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