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Melamed, Leo

(1932-    ) Polish-born lawyer, investment counsellor and author, born Leo Melamdovich, a name simplified during his family's World War Two escape from Poland via Siberia and Japan to the US in the spring of 1941; most of his later work is nonfiction about the financial markets. Of sf interest is his first book, The Tenth Planet (1987), a tale in which an ancient Android may hold the secret to human Evolution, in accordance with the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky. [JC]

Spencer, Leonard G

Ziff-Davis House Name used at least twice by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett in collaboration, for the stories "The Beast With 7 Tails" (August 1956 Amazing) and "The Girl from Bodies, Inc." (October 1956 Fantastic). A third Spencer story, "The Man with the X-Ray Eyes" (February 1957 Dream World), is identified by the Internet SF Database as being by the same collaborators but unlike the first two is not listed in Silverberg's bibliography at majipoor.com. [DRL/PN]

Urasawa Naoki

(1960-    ) Japanese artist and Manga creator, whose early output was largely non-genre, but whose more recent forays into science fiction and Equipoise have met with widespread acclaim. A graduate in Economics from Meisei University, his short story "Return" won a comics prize, luring him into the manga publishing industry with his professional debut "Beta" (graph 1983 Golgo 13 Bessatsu). Both were included in his early short story collection NASA (graph 1988), which also ...

Keep

Term used in this encyclopedia to cover various sf extrapolations of the walled, gated or segregated community; it is very roughly equivalent to the Edifice in fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The sf term. It is taken from Fury (May-July 1947 Astounding as by Lawrence O'Donnell; 1950; vt Destination Infinity 1956) by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore, where Keeps are fortified domes Under the Sea into which humanity has retreated from the savage environment of Venus. ...

Ark II

US juvenile tv series (1976). Filmation Associates for CBS-TV. Created by Martin Roth. Executive producers Norm Prescott, Lou Sheimer. Produced by Richard M Rosenbloom. Directors included Harry Lange Jr, Hollingsworth Morse, Ted Post. Writers included Len Janson, Peter L Dixon, David and Susan Dworski, Mark Jones, Michael Prescott. Cast includes Adam the Chimp (voiced by Lou Scheimer, uncredited), José Flores, Jean Marie Hon and Terry Lester. Narrator: Lester. Fifteen 25-minute episodes. ...

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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