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Perry, Roger

Pseudonym of UK author Roger William Cowern (1928-    ), author of three undemanding Space Operas for Robert Hale Limited: Senior Citizen (1979), The Making of Jason (1980) and Esper's War (1981). [JC]


Film (1989; vt Tetsuo: The Iron Man) Produced, directed, written, art directed, special effects, co-photographed by Shinya Tsukamoto, who also plays one of the two leading roles; also starring Tomorah Taguchi and Kei Fujiwara. 67 minutes. Black and white. / A metal fetishist (Tsukamoto) is hurt in a hit and run car accident; the driver of the car, a conservative office worker (Taguchi), notices a metal splinter growing out of his cheek the next day. As time passes his body metamorphoses ...

Clarke, A C G

(1912-2002) UK author of two routine sf novels, Into the Darkness (1961), an Invasion story set in the twenty-second century, and The Mind Master (1963). [JC]

Jarvis, Sharon

(1943-    ) US author whose fiction has all been written with collaborators under joint pseudonyms. As Jarrod Comstock she published the These Lawless Worlds sequence of mildly erotic sf in Planetary Romance settings: These Lawless Worlds #1: The Love Machine (1984) with Ellen M Kozak, These Lawless Worlds #2: Scales of Justice (1984) with Ellen M Kozak, and Kingdom Come (1985) solo. As Johanna Hailey she published with Marcia Yvonne Howl (1947-    ) ...

Pinkerton, Thomas A

(1850-1914) UK author some of whose books edge into the fantastic; of sf interest is No Rates and Taxes: A Romance of Five Worlds (1902), in which a human trapped on Mars, which he describes, in a series of letters to a colleague on Venus, as a Dystopia where women rule (see Feminism; Women in SF); Valdora (1907) is a Ruritanian romance. [JC]

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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