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Dragon Ball

Japanese animated tv series (1986-1989). Based on the Manga by Akira Toriyama. Toei Animation. Directed by Daisuke Nishio and Minoru Okazaki. Written by Toshiki Inoue and Takao Koyama. Voice cast includes Takeshi Aono, Shigeru Chiba, Toshio Furukawa, Shōzō Iizuka, Masako Nozawa, Osamu Saka, Mayumi Sho, Naoki Tatsuta and Hiromi Tsuru. 153 24-minute episodes. Colour. / One day Old Master Gohan (Saka) finds an abandoned baby with a tail, which he has raised "and marvelled as the ...

Seltzer, David

(1940-    ) US Cinema scriptwriter, director and producer who scripted the docudrama The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) and is best known for scripting The Omen (1976), an influential Horror film which spawned sequels and remakes; Seltzer has expressed disquiet over its contribution to the serious acceptance, notably in US fundamentalist Religion, of a demonic anti-Christ figure heralding the End of the World. Also of sf relevance is the film Prophecy (1979), a disappointing ...

Hader, Elmer

(1889-1973) US illustrator and author, whose copious work, in collaboration with his wife, includes one Young Adult sf tale, The Skyrocket (1946) with Berta Hader, though it may be the case that the rocket in question is fuelled by magic. [JC]

Introduction to the CD-ROM Edition (1995)

This CD-ROM edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction differs from the 1993 book text in two ways. (1) We have corrected all the 1993 errors which we have ourselves discovered, or which have been brought to our attention through the ongoing conversation we have been privileged to conduct with scores – more like hundreds – of correspondents and colleagues. We have also added information such as dates where we had missed them, or where they had not previously been brought to ...

Sitwell, Sacheverell

(1897-1988) UK critic, poet and author, less regarded than his siblings, Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) and Osbert Sitwell, during their long closely associated careers, but in recent years increasingly deemed perhaps as interesting as his sister; he served in World War One from 1916. Some of his voluminous poetry is of peripheral interest, including The Hundred and One Harlequins (coll 1922 chap), Doctor Donne and Gargantua (1930 chap) – a metaphysical fantasia extensively evoking Rabelais ...

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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