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LeBlanc, Maurice

(1864-1941) French author in various genres, though after he began the Arsène Lupin sequence, with "L'Arrestation d'Arsène Lupin" ["The Arrest of Arsène Lupin"] (15 July 1905 Je Sais Tout), he focused most of his energies on his raffish, inexplicably elusive gentleman thief and frustrator of "Herlock Sholmes" or "Holmlock Shears" (these and other names were used in attempts to placate Arthur Conan Doyle). In later volumes – twenty were issued in all, beginning with ...


The concept of pure information as a Weapon which adversely affects the mind or body is a recurring sf theme. Many authors have given this form of science-fictional spin to a notion grounded in Mythology, where the basilisk is an imaginary creature which (like Medusa and her sister Gorgons) can kill with a glance; and in Horror, where sights too dreadful to look upon are commonplace. One notable innovation of H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos sequence is its presentation of unspeakable, ...

Wallace, John

(1892-1968) Australian author of Invasion (1940), a very Near Future tale about the danger of Invasion facing Australia. [JC]

Fialko, Nathan

(1881-1960) Soviet author, resident in the USA from 1903, whose uneven sf novel, Novyĭ Grad (The New City) (1925; trans and rev Fialko as The New City: A Story of the Future 1937), depicts first Soviet then US society, taking a firmly Dystopian view of both, life in the Epoch of Regularity governing a Near Future USSR being savagely regimented, and class wars torturing America. Yevgeny Zamiatin's We (1924) has plausibly been suggested as influencing this work. [JC]

Dragon Ball Z

Japanese animated tv series (1989-1996). Based on the Manga by Akira Toriyama. Toei Animation. Directed by Daisuke Nishio and Shigeyasu Yamauchi. Written by Takao Koyama. Voice cast includes Shigeru Chiba, Ryo Horikawa, Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Sho, Hiromi Tsuru and Naoko Watanabe. 291 23-minute episodes, plus nine TV specials and OVAs. Colour. / This sequel to Dragon Ball (1986-1989), adapting the final 325 chapters of Akira Toriyama's manga (though with much additional material), begins five ...

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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