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Keith, Brandon

(?   -    ) US author, perhaps pseudonymous, of three 1960s Ties: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the Affair of the Gentle Saboteur (1966) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the Affair of the Gunrunners' Gold (1967), both tied to the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968), and The Green Hornet: The Case of the Disappearing Doctor (1966), tied to The Green Hornet (1966-1967). [JC]

Bernal, J D

(1901-1971) UK physicist and political philosopher, Marxist polemicist, whose The World, the Flesh and the Devil: An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul (1929 chap) manages, with astonishing clarity and concision, to provide models for the understanding and exploitation of the future that sf writers – some knowingly, some ignorant of this small work – would mine for decades. Its influence was acknowledged by Olaf Stapledon in the Preface to Star Maker ...

Sengoku Jieitai

Film (1981; vt Time Slip). Toho. Directed by Kosei Saito. Written by Toshio Kaneda, based on Sengoku Jieitai ["Civil War Self-Defence Force"] (1974) by Ryō Hanmura. Cast includes Sonny Chiba, Iasao Natsuki, Jana Okada and Miyuki Ono. 139 minutes, cut to 100 minutes. Colour. / Based on one of Ryō Hanmura's intelligent novels, which use sf reinterpretations to comment on Japanese history, this tells of a troop of modern Japanese soldiers caught in a Timeslip and transported back to ...

Michihara Katsumi

(1958-    ) Japanese artist of Manga and book covers, best known for her Illustration work on Rieko Yoshihara's erotically-charged novel Ai no Kusabi (October 1987-October 1990 Shōsetsu June; 1990; trans as The Space Between 2007), likely to have been the main impetus behind her Seiun Award for Art in 1990. She has also illustrated several iterations of the long-running Ginga Eiyū Densetsu ["Legend of Galactic Heroes"] (see Yoshiki Tanaka), including the manga Tie ...

Effinger, George Alec

(1947-2002) US author long resident in New Orleans, where he died before the flood; he was married (1998-2000) to Barbara Hambly, with whom he remained close. He entered sf writing via the 1970 Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, having three stories in the workshop's first anthology, Clarion (anth 1971), edited by Robin Scott Wilson, though his first published story was "The Eight Thirty to Nine Slot" for Fantastic in April 1971. Some early work was written as by John K Diomede or Susan ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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