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Gribbin, John

(1946-    ) UK author known mostly for his very numerous science popularizations. Most of his novels have been in collaboration and have tended to a certain narrative predictability, though the science content has always been impressively presented. The Sixth Winter (1979) with Douglas Orgill is a Hard-SF tale dealing with the coming of a new ice age (see Climate Change). Brother Esau (1982), again with Orgill, charts the events following the discovery of the Yeti. Double ...

Reed, Robert

(1956-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Mudpuppies" as by Robert Touzalin for L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (anth 1986) edited by Algis Budrys; the story gained the $5000 grand prize awarded in the Writers of the Future Contest for that year. Reed has since gradually become prolific and highly admired as an author of short fiction, assembling some of his almost 300 tales to date – of his many non-series tales since 2010, none are yet ...

Longstreth, T Morris

(1886-1975) US author active from 1915 or earlier; of sf interest is a late juvenile (see Children's SF) tale, Time Flight (1954), in which two contemporary young men are Timeslipped into seventeenth-century Salem at the time of the witch trials, and find themselves in danger. [JC]


Pseudonym of Scottish author J MacCullough (?   -?   ) whose Sleeper Awakes novel, Golf in the Year 2000; Or, What We Are Coming To (1892), can initially be understood as a spoof companion to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (1888) (see Games and Sports), but is in fact a genuine imagined portrait of an Utopian future. The awakened sleeper learns – through conversations mostly conducted on the golf course, a game now technologically enhanced by ...


Japanese animated tv series (2001). Original title Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu ["Jungle: Always Fine, With a Chance of Guu"]. Shin-Ei Animation. Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. Written by Michiko Yokote, based on the Manga by Renjuro Kindaichi. Voice cast includes Rikako Aikawa, Kaoru Morota and Naoko Watanabe. 26 23-minute episodes, plus thirteen OVAs. Colour. / Ten-year-old Hare (Aikawa) lives happily in a jungle community with his carefree alcoholic mother Weda (Morota), but when she ...

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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