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Sedberry, J Hamilton

(1863-1931) US author known only for Under the Flag of the Cross (1908), in which a valiant US Army fights off a rather belated Yellow Peril: a Mongolian-Japanese Invasion in 2005 armed with electric rifles (Weapons). [JC]

Szabó-Zalán, Nicholas

(?1886-?   ) Hungarian author, in active service during World War One, seemingly in Argentina from some point around 1945, after Hungary began to slip into the grasp of the USSR. Mission to Earth (1955) – whose apparent subtitle, The Book of Many Colours, appears only on the dust jacket – presents a kind of sacred drama in terms of a roughshod Equipoise. The Alien who lands his Spaceship on Earth is also St Peter on a fact-finding mission on the behalf of God. In ...

Condon, Richard

(1915-1996) US author, formerly in advertising, employed as a film publicist from 1936 to 1941 for Walt Disney and variously elsewhere until 1958; he is best-known for works outside the sf field such as the Prizzi sequence beginning with Prizzi's Honor (1982), and for rococo fantasies like Money Is Love (1975); but several tales, beginning with The Manchurian Candidate (1959), employ sf elements in the complex generic mix characteristic of his fiction. Later made into a well-known film, The ...

Ishinomori Shōtarō

Working name of Shōtarō Onodera (1938-1998), Shōtarō Ishimori to 1986, Ishinomori thereafter, a prolific Japanese comic artist with a profound influence on both Anime and live-action Television in the twentieth century, particularly in the children's market. His collected Manga works, Ishinomori Shōtarō Manga Zenshū ["The Complete '10,000 pictures'/Comics of Shotaro Ishinomori"] (2006-2008) fill 500 volumes, containing 770 different titles, and established ...

Williams, J X

A House Name used on more or less pornographic novels, several with sf content, published by Greenleaf Classics, a company owned by one-time sf editor William Hamling. Her (1967) – a spicy Parody of H Rider Haggard's She (October 1886-January 1887 The Graphic; cut 1886; full text 1887) – ESP Orgy (1968) – reportedly – and The Sex Pill (1968) are known to be by Andrew J Offutt. Other fantastic titles which appeared with this byline are by unidentified authors: Devil's ...

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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