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Muller, Robert

(1925-1998) German author, playwright and screenwriter, in the UK from 1938. His sf novel is The Lost Diaries of Albert Smith (1965; vt After All, This Is England 1967), a Near Future Dystopia in which the consequences of a fascist takeover of Britain are examined. Also in the 1960s he adapted two stories by Isaac Asimov and one by Clifford D Simak for the BBC Television Anthology Series Out of the Unknown (1965-1971) and scripted a 1968 version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, the Modern ...

Gunn, Neil M

(1891-1973) Scottish author and civil servant, author of many novels, the first being Grey Coast (1926). It and some others – like Morning Tide (1931), The Lost Glen (1932), Second Sight (1940) and The Silver Bough (1948) – contain fantasy elements of interest, reminiscent at times of the Celtic Twilight writings of Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp, 1855-1905) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Green Isle of the Great Deep (1944), a sequel to Young Art and Old ...

Hillman, Harry W

(1870-?   ) US engineer – employed in various capacities by the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York – and author, most of whose nonfiction described existing, soon-to-exist and possible innovations in the use of electricity; his Utopia, Looking Forward: The Phenomenal Progress of Electricity in 1912 (1906), views with a hearty fictionalizing touch much of the same material. It shares tone and some plot elements with Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward ...

Beeching, Jack

Working name of UK poet and author John Charles Stuart Beeching (1922-2001), author (in collaboration with his first wife) of numerous Young Adult historical novels as James Barbary. His sf novel, The Dakota Project (1968), is a Near Future tale focusing on the eponymous, claustrophobic government project which prefigures outcomes ominous to a free society. [JC]

One Punch Man

Japanese animated tv series (2015); original title Wanpanman. Madhouse, J.C. Staff. Based on the Japanese web-Comic and Manga by ONE. Directors include Shingo Natsume and Chikara Sakurai. Writers: ONE and Tomohiro Suzuki. Voice cast includes Makoto Furukawa and Kaito Ishikawa. 24 24-minute episodes, plus six "original video animation" pieces on DVD/Blue Ray releases. Colour. / Set on a continent where the habitual devastation of its Cities by Monsters leaves one doubting the civilization's ...

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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