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Shefner, Vadim

(1915-2002) Russian author known mostly for his poetry (from circa 1940) and mainstream fiction. Two short novels, "Čelovek s pjatio 'Ne'" (1967 Zvezda nr 4; trans Alice Stone Nakhimovsky and Alexander Nakhimovsky as "The Unman") and Devushka u obryva ili Zapiski Kovrigina ["Kovrigin's Chronicles"] (1964 Literature Rossija nrs 39-44, 46; 1970; trans Antonina W Bouis as "Kovrigin's Chronicles"), were published together as The Unman; Kovrigin's Chronicles (omni 1980). Both are – like ...

Oldham, June

(?   -    ) UK author of The Raven Waits (1979), a fantasy about Beowulf; and a Young Adult tale, Foundling (1995; vt Found 1996), set in a Near Future America where fears of Overpopulation have led to punitive controls over reproduction. The young protagonist, exiled to a countryside inhabited by Gothic figures of menace and occasional hope, establishes as expected a kind of family among her fellow rejects from a bad world. [JC]

Oberth, Hermann

(1894-1989) Austro-Hungarian born German engineer and physicist, in his early years much influenced by the work of Jules Verne. He is of great importance in the theory and development of Rocket science from as early as 1917, and his (rejected) doctoral thesis – Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen ["The Rocket into Interplanetary Space"] (1923 chap; exp vt Wege zur Raumschiffahrt ["Ways to Spaceflight"] 1929) – directly inspired the founding of the Verein für Raumschiffahrt ...

Absent Minded Professor, The

Film (1961). Walt Disney (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Robert Stevenson. Written by Bill Walsh. Cast includes Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson and Keenan Wynn. 97 minutes. Black and white. / Historically important as the financially successful template for a great many lightweight, comparatively low-budget sf comedies from the Disney studio, though it was not their first live-action fantasy comedy – that had been The Shaggy Dog (1959). Subsequent movies in a similar vein ...

Sengoku Jieitai

Film (1981; vt Time Slip). Toho. Directed by Kosei Saito. Written by Toshio Kaneda, based on Sengoku Jieitai ["Civil War Self-Defence Force"] (1974) by Ryō Hanmura. Cast includes Sonny Chiba, Iasao Natsuki, Jana Okada and Miyuki Ono. 139 minutes, cut to 100 minutes. Colour. / Based on one of Ryō Hanmura's intelligent novels, which use sf reinterpretations to comment on Japanese history, this tells of a troop of modern Japanese soldiers caught in a Timeslip and transported back to ...

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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