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Noyes, Pierrepont B

(1870-1959) US businessman and author whose The Pallid Giant: A Tale of Yesterday and Tomorrow (1927; vt Gentlemen: You Are Mad! 1946) places in an ominous Near-Future context the discovery of records of a long-dead ancient race, which destroyed itself with Death Rays. The last survivors, one of them fortunately a scientist, undertake by Genetic Engineering to set the ape on an upward course (see Apes as Human; Evolution); we are their direct descendants. But now, in Near Future Europe, death ...

Price, Roger

(1918-1990) US television personality, cartoonist and author, best known for the comic cartoons he called Droodles – simple sketches or diagrams that make no sense without their joky captions, such as a panel of scattered blots described as "Measles Waiting To Be Caught"; these were first published as Droodles (graph 1953). The protagonist of In One Head and Out the Other (1954) "had a clever trick of saying any conceivable sentence so that it sounded like 'I had one grunch but the ...

Wallis, Dave

(1917-1990) UK teacher (after serving with the Royal Signals during World War Two) and author of four novels. Only one is sf: the near-future Dystopian fantasy Only Lovers Left Alive (1964), in which the mass suicide of the adult population leaves teenagers on their own in what rapidly becomes an anarchic UK. The book expressed contemporary Paranoia about scooter gangs, adolescent violence, teen Sex, loud music and funny hairstyles, yet, significantly, retained faith in the fundamental decency ...

Beyond Tomorrow

US Radio anthology series (1950; vt Beyond This World). CBS for the CBS Radio Network. Producers, directors, and staff writers unknown. / Although newspaper advertisements appeared for this series, it is unclear whether any of the three episodes were in fact aired. "Requiem" (5 April 1950) was adapted from "Requiem" (January 1940 Astounding) by Robert A Heinlein; "Incident at Switchpath" (11 April 1950) was adapted from "The Sky was Full of Ships" (June 1947 Thrilling Wonder; vt "The Cave ...

Dr Stone

Japanese animated tv series (2019). Based on the Manga by Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi. TMS/8PAN. Directed by Shinya Iino. Written by Yuichiro Kido. Voice cast includes Makoto Furukawa, Kana Ichinose, Yuusuke Kobayashi, Yuuichi Nakamura, Manami Numakura and Reina Ueda. 35 24-minute episodes. Colour. / In present-day Japan, just as student Taiju Oki (Furukawa) is about to declare his love to Yuzuriha Ogawa (Ichinose), all humanity (and all Swallows) are turned into stone statues (see ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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