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Henneberg, Charles

Working name of German author Charles Henneberg zu Irmelshausen Wasungen (1899-1959), for whose writings with Nathalie Henneberg as N C Henneberg, see her entry. [JC]

Hirai Kazumasa

(1938-2015) Japanese author, an early adopter in many forms of new media, remembered largely for two large, pulpy serials that came to dominate his output, as well as pioneering scripts in early Anime Television. Both through his own work and his Tie contracts, he may be seen as instrumental in the construction of the Japanese variation on Superheroes, formerly an American genre, now somewhat internationalized. For the generation that grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often a conduit ...

Thompson, Edward Herbert

(1857-1935) US archaeologist and author, mostly resident in the Yucatan, Mexico, from 1885; he gained some notoriety for an early essay, "Atlantis Not a Myth" (1879 Popular Science Monthly), basing his argument for the historical reality of Atlantis on his conviction that ancient Maya monuments, following a diffusionist model, must have had some such precedent. His many years studying Maya civilization both changed his mind and provided much evidence to the world of the autonomy of that world. ...

Young, Suzanne

(1976-    ) US author of the A Need So Beautiful paranormal romance sequence beginning with A Need So Beautiful (2011) and the Young Adult Program sequence beginning with The Program (2013), which is set in a Near Future Dystopian America afflicted by an apparent virus that causes a hugh number of teenagers to commit suicide. The only preventative seems to be a Memory Edit designed to eliminate painful parts of the past; the young protagonist resists this, helped by the love ...

House of Hammer, The

UK small Bedsheet-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published first by G D B Limited, then Top Sellers Limited. Editor: Dez Skinn. 24 issues, 1976 to 1978. / The best-selling UK Monster Movies magazine of its day, The House of Hammer was attractively produced, with Brian Lewis covers for most of Volume One; further featured artists were Brian Bolland and John Bolton. Other contributors included John Brosnan, Ramsey Campbell, Alan Frank and Dennis Gifford. The publication naturally ...

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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