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Scrymsour, Ella M

Working name of Ella Mary Scrymsour-Nichol (1888-1962), UK actress and author, daughter-in-law of C A Scrymsour Nichol; her sf novel, The Perfect World: A Romance of Strange People and Strange Places (fixup 1922), is thought by E F Bleiler almost certainly to consist of two separate magazine novels here published sequentially; however, as Scrymsour clearly attempted to weave their plots together, we designate the outcome a Fixup. In the first main sequence the two young gentlemen protagonists ...

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The

Japanese animated tv series (2006-2009); original title Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu. Based on the Light Novel by Nagaru Tanigawa. Kyoto Animation. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara. Writers include Noizi Ito and Nagaru Tanigawa. Voice cast includes Minori Chihara, Yūko Gotō, Aya Hirano, Daisuke Ono and Tomokazu Sugita. 28 24-minute episodes. Colour. / On her first day at High School, Haruhi Suzumiya (Hirano) announces to her new classmates "I am not interested in ordinary humans: if ...

Future Science Fiction

1. Variant title of Future Fiction in its 1950s incarnation. / 2. Australian Digest-size magazine. Six numbered, undated issues running from July 1953 to March 1955 (two in 1953, three in 1954, one in 1955) published by Frew Publications, Sydney, edited anonymously by Ronald Forster. Forster was assisted in the selection of material for issue #2 by Vol Molesworth and thereafter by Graham Stone. The stories were primarily reprints from various US sources, but issue #5 (December 1954) carried ...

Woltor, Robert

(?   -?   ) US author of a Yellow Peril tale, A Short and Truthful History of the Taking of California and Oregon by the Chinese in the Year AD 1899 (1882), constructed in the form of a Future History which recounts the Chinese naval Invasion of San Francisco (see California); by 1899, China, aided by immigrant Fifth Columnists, threatens the rest of America. [JC]

Hart, John

(?   -    ) UK author of Jizz (1992), a lightly Satirical sf speculative spoof set in Brighton, Sussex, in the twenty-first century. [JC]

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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