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Jones, Holly Goddard

(1979-    ) US author, much of whose earlier work, which is nonfantastic, consists of intense studies of life in her native Kentucky, with some emphasis on its occasionally violent noir underside. She is of sf interest for her second novel, The Salt Line (2017), set in a Near Future America distorted into a Dystopian tyranny through the effects of a continent-wide assault of ticks. That this is not a trivial Disaster can by confirmed by the twenty-first century spread ...

Princess Principal

Japanese animated tv series (2017). Studio 3Hz, Actas. Directed by Masaki Tachibana. Written by Ichirō Ōkouchi. Voice cast includes Nozomi Furuki, Ayaka Imamura, Akari Kageyama, Akira Sekine and Yō Taichi. Twelve 24-minute broadcast episodes, plus six short "Picture Dramas" (DVD extras). Colour. / In the first decade of the twentieth century the Kingdom of Albion (see Alternate History) is the most powerful nation since the Roman Empire, its harnessing of the Antigravity ...

Starship Troopers

Film (1997). TriStar Pictures and Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) present a Jon Davison production. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Written by Ed Neumeier based on Starship Troopers (October-November 1959 F&SF as "Starship Soldier"; 1959) by Robert A Heinlein. Cast includes Clancy Brown, Jake Busey, Casper Van Dien, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Ironside, Dina Meyer and Denise Richards. 129 minutes. Colour. / Starship Troopers the film operates as critique as well as ...

Barr, George

(1937-    ) US illustrator, one of the most meticulous of sf/fantasy artists, although for many years his prominence as an artist for Fanzines tended to overshadow his professional work; early illustration venues included George Scithers' Amra, Tom Reamy's Trumpet and the fanzine incarnation of Locus. He received little by way of formal art training, although he was lucky enough to be mentored by two notable artists: Mary Kimball Johnson (1906-1994) and Harold "Jack" Vigos ...

Rogow, Roberta

(1942-    ) US librarian and author, contributor to Fanzines and Filk activities from around 1978. Her Saga of Halvar the Hireling sequence beginning with Murders in Manatas (coll of linked stories 2013), though couched in historical fantasy terms, is of some sf interest as an Alternate History narrative set in a version of Manhattan (see New York); Halvar the Hireling is a detective involved in complex crimes. Rogow is of direct sf interest for a extensive dictionary of Fan ...

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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