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Draulans, Dirk

(1956-    ) Belgian biologist and author whose sf novel, De rode koningin: roman over de oorlog tussen man en vrouw (1994; trans Sam Garrett as The Red Queen: A Novel of the War Between the Sexes 1998), presents a Dystopian view of Genetic Engineering, as a ferocious woman (unusual among her ineffective, passive, technologically incompetent kind) hunts down the last fertile male human. [JC]

Little Witch Academia

Japanese animated tv series (2017). Trigger. Created and Directed by Yoh Yoshinari. Written by Michiru Shimada. Voice cast includes Megumi Han, Noriko Hidaka, Yōko Hikasa, Shōzō Iizuka, Rie Murakawa, Michiyo Murase, Fumiko Orikasa and Junko Takeuchi. 25 24-minute episodes. Colour. / This Television series was preceded by two short films: Little Witch Academia (2013) and Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (2015), both directed by Yoshinari, the former written by ...

Michael, Peter

Joint pseudonym of UK authors Simon Michael (1955-    ) and Peter Rosenberg (?   -    ) whose Near Future thriller, The Usurper (1988), is set in a Dystopian UK where the privileged live securely within a walled City of London (see Keep), and the unemployable masses live in suburbs. Social mobility is provided through Usurping – sanctioned killing of the employed for their jobs. From this, an adventure plot develops. [JC]

Santos, Domingo

Pseudonym of Spanish author, editor, translator, anthologist and columnist Pedro Domingo Mutiñó (1941-2018), the major contemporary Spanish sf writer, considered as the father of sf in his country. Throughout a lifetime devoted to sf he published about forty novels (several in collaboration), a dozen collections, a hundred stories, fifty Anthologies, almost a thousand translated works, and hundreds of articles, introductions to books and editorials for magazines. Most of his ...

Caillou, Alan

Pseudonym of UK-born soldier, actor, screenwriter and author Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe (1914-2006) who lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa and Canada before moving to the US late in life; he was awarded an MBE (Civil Medal of the Order of the British Empire) in 1938 for his work in Palestine, and an MC (Military Cross) 1944 for his work with partisans in Yugoslavia. As Alan Caillou he wrote adventure thrillers from 1955, and as Alex Webb from 1985. A Caillou novel, Alien Virus (1957), has ...

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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