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Tetsujin 28 Go

1. Tetsujin 28 Go ["Iron Man #28"] (July 1956-May 1966 Shōnen Magazine). Manga written by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who was influenced by the idea of super-Weapons that might have changed the course of the war (such as the German V-1, V-2 and V-3) and the destruction wrought upon his hometown by American bombers. The Comic tells how, during World War Two, Scientists Dr Kaneda and Professor Shikishima were developing a giant Robot for the Japanese military; but by the time they had succeeded, ...


Film (1980). Filmplan International/Canadian Film Development Corp. Written and directed by David Cronenberg. Cast includes Lawrence Dane, Michael Ironside, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan and Jennifer O'Neal. 103 minutes. Colour. / This superior Psi-Powers movie easily outstrips Carrie (1976) and The Fury (1978). Pregnant women (we learn some way into the film) have been given an experimental Drug, ephemerol, ostensibly a tranquillizer but actually designed to produce paranormal offspring ...


Film (1984). Universal. Directed by Mark L Lester. Written by Stanley Mann, based on Firestarter (1980) by Stephen King. Cast includes Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, David Keith, Heather Locklear, George C Scott and Martin Sheen. 114 minutes. Colour. / The novel is not one of King's best, but it hardly deserved this messy adaptation. A young girl, Charlie (Barrymore), has pyrotic powers and can start fires by mental concentration alone. Naturally, a CIA-like organization ("the Shop") wishes ...

Atkins, Rev E C

(1855-1949) US minister and author who has sometimes been confused with Bernarr Macfadden, though his story for the latter's journal Physical Culture, "My Bride from the Other World" (?1904 Physical Culture), was ascribed to him not to Macfadden. [MA]

Walker, Rowland

(1876-1947) UK author of tales for boys. The Antihero of The Phantom Airman (1920) is a German airman unreconciled to the outcome of World War One, who establishes a pirate band whose depredations are made possible by a secret Invention; By Airship to the Tropics: The Amazing Adventures of Two Schoolboys (1923) unthreateningly deposits its protagonists in a Lost World; Phantom Island: A Modern Crusoe Story (1925) is a Robinsonade whose young protagonists crash their Airship on an Island ...

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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