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Alhaiza, Adolphe

(1839-1922) French journalist and author, a disciple of the socialist philosopher Charles Fourier (1772-1839). Of sf interest is Cybèle, Voyage extraordinaire dans l'avenir (1891 as by Jean Chambon; trans Brian Stableford as Cybele: An Extraordinary Voyage into the Future 2013), in which a young man is transported by astral projection to the planet Cybèle, across the galaxy and identical to Earth, except for the fact that 6,000 years have passed here. He controls his astonishment ...

Larbalestier, Justine

(1967-    ) Australian author, critic and anthologist, married since 2001 to Scott Westerfeld. She began to publish genre criticism with "Ending the Battle of the Sexes? Hermaphroditism in Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon and 'Motherhood, Etc.' by L. Timmel Duchamp" for The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 1997, and fiction with "The Cruel Brother" for Strange Horizons, October 2001. Her novels, written for the Young Adult audience, are chiefly fantasy and ...


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 ...


1. Film (1987). Orion. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Written by Michael Miner, Edward Neumeier. Cast includes Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Robert DoQui, Miguel Ferrer, Daniel O'Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith and Peter Weller. 102 minutes. (Director's cut 103 minutes.) Colour. / In a Near Future Dystopian Detroit – almost as though RoboCop's makers were aware of the calamities which would bankrupt the city in the early twenty-first century – police officer Alex Murphy (Weller) joins Metro West ...

North, Franklin H

(?   -?   ) US journalist and author of The Awakening of Noahville (1898) a spoofish sf adventure tale, almost certainly derived from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), in which two vagabonds become the scamp hirelings of Carolus Rex, ruler of a Lost Race kingdom somewhere adrift of New Mexico. There is a Robot, and Inventions galore, but modernization is resisted, and all ends in a slapstick War. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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