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Brinig, Myron

(1896-1991) US author in various genres – his linked tales, Singermann (1929) and This Man Is My Brother (1932; vt Sons of Singermann 1932), present perhaps the first non-stigmatizing portrayal of a gay protagonist in American literature. In his early Los Angeles (see California) sf novel, The Flutter of an Eyelid (1933), an opportunistic revivalist, seemingly based on Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), promises to put on show an exclusive Second Coming of Christ at her Ten Million ...

Arrow, William

A House Name used by Ballantine Books for the Return to the Planet of the Apes Ties, based not on the Planet of the Apes films but on the later animated Television series. William Rotsler wrote #1 Visions from Nowhere (1976) and #3 Man, the Hunted Animal (1976); Donald J Pfeil wrote #2, Escape from Terror Lagoon (1976). [DRL]

Bernard, Joel

(?   -    ) Writer of whom nothing is known beyond the attachment of his name to a Tie to the Man from U.N.C.L.E. universe: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Thinking Machine (1968), which is #11 in the UK numbering of the sequence and #21 in the US. [JC]

Toki o Kakeru Shōjo

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, based on a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui is one of the staples of Young Adult science fiction in Japan. First serialized in magazines for third-year middle-school and first-year high-school students in 1965, it has been novelized, rewritten, and adapted into many variants in the ensuing decades, each displaying unique features of the zeitgeist. As with James Cameron's Terminator (1984), it has a story that lends itself well to low-budget film-making, utilizing ...

Cohn, Norman

(1915-2007) UK linguistic scholar and historian, who remains best-known for his first work of significance, The Pursuit of the Millennium (1957; exp 1961), a seminal study of medieval European millennial sects, which are here definitively anatomized in terms of their belief in an apocalyptic End of the World (see also Eschatology), which is normally signalled and led by Iconic figures who inspire underclasses to look for transformative betterment, always with the expectation of election to a ...

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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