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Anderson, Bob

(?   -    ) US Air Force veteran (retired 2006 after long service) who joined Sharon Ahern to continue the Survivalist sequence of Post-Holocaust Survivalist Fiction initiated by Jerry Ahern (whom see for details), also still given collaborative credit. The first of these continuation novels is The Survivalist #30: The Inheritors of Earth (2013) with Jerry Ahern and Sharon Ahern. [DRL]

Monster World

1. Letter-size Cinema Magazine in perfect-bound format, printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Warren Publishing Editor: Forrest J Ackerman. Ten issues, November 1964 to September 1966. Publication was nominally bimonthly but in fact sporadic. / Monster World was an attempt at a companion title to Famous Monsters of Filmland, and was almost identical to its parent magazine. Sales were much lower than expected, however, and it soon folded. The publisher James Warren retroactively ...

Hofstadter, Douglas

(1945-    ) US academic and computer scientist, currently professor of cognitive science at Indiana University, whose massive popular-science book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (1979) won a Pulitzer Prize and has influenced sf thinking about Computers and AI. GEB, as it is often abbreviated, explores related Paradoxes of recursion – Hofstadter calls these "strange loops" – in the spheres of Mathematics, Illustration (in particular M C Escher's ...

Saga of Tanya the Evil, The

Japanese animated tv series (2017). Original title Yōjo Senki. Based on the Light Novel and Manga written by Carlo Zen, illustrated by Shinobu Shinotsuk and Chika Tōjō respectively. NUT studio. Directed by Yutaka Uemura. Written by Kenta Ihara. Voice cast includes Hideaki Tezuka, Nobuo Tobita, Kôsuke Toriumi and Aoi Yûki. Twelve 24-minute episodes (plus a recap episode and twelve online "chibi" shorts). Colour. / In 2013, at a moment frozen before his death when ...

Bleunard, A

(1852-1905) French academic and author whose publishers sometimes described him as a "doctor of science". His sf novel, La Babylone électrique (1888; trans "Frank Linstow White" as Babylon Electrified: The History of an Expedition Undertaken to Restore Ancient Babylon by the Power of Electricity, and How it Resulted 1889), whose English subtitle does much to describe its contents, is an exuberant demonstration of the vaunting ambitiousness of nineteenth-century science, especially in ...

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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