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MacGregor, Richard

Pseudonym of UK screenwriter and author Macgregor Urquhart (variously Urquhardt) (1916-1967). As Richard MacGregor he published several routine Genre-SF novels: The Day a Village Died (1963), Taste of the Temptress (1963), Horror in the Night (1963), The Creeping Plague (1963), The Deadly Sun (1964), The Threat (1964) and The First of the Last (1964). [JC/SH]

Undersea Super Train: Marine Express

Japanese animated tv film (1979). Original title Kaitei Chōtokkyū Marin Ekusupuresu; vt Marine Express. Tezuka Productions. Directed by Satoshi Dezaki. Written by Osamu Tezuka. Voice cast includes Hisashi Katsuta, Kaneta Kimotsuki, Mami Koyama, Yoshiko Ōta, Chikao Ōtsuka, Mari Shimizu, Junichi Takeoka and Kōsei Tomita. 91 minutes. Colour. / Shown during Nippon Television Network's 1979 annual charity broadcast, the film stars many of Tezuka's beloved creations, ...

Ewald, Carl

(1856-1908) Danish author best known for his fairy tales, assembled in various volumes between 1883 and 1907; his Two-Legs series of tales – contained in Two-Legs and Other Stories (coll: trans Alexander Teixeira de Mattos from various sources 1906), The Pond and Other Stories (coll: trans Alexander Teixeira de Mattos from various sources 1909) and The Four Seasons (coll: trans Alexander Teixeira de Mattos from various sources 1913) – narrates the rise of Man, paying attention to ...


Russian documentary film (1965; vt The Moon). Leningrad Popular Science Film Studio. Directed by Pavel Klushantsev. Written by an unidentified author. Cast comprises unidentified actors. 51 minutes. Colour. / This documentary begins with numerous scenes of the lunar surface, accompanied by narration suggesting some discussion of the volcanic origins of lunar features; there follow several lectures, apparently also focused on the nature of the Moon, and an animated look at how a flight to ...

Darger, Henry

(1892-1973) Self-taught US artist and author based in Chicago, who lived a reclusive existence but became posthumously notable as an outsider artist for his water-colour paintings. Of his work, 300-plus paintings were intended to be illustrations for his 15,000 page novel, nominally sf, which he called «The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion», but which is better known as ...

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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