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Uchū Daisensō

Film (1959; vt Battle in Outer Space; vt The World of Space). Toho. Directed by Ishirō Honda. Written by Shinichi Sekizawa, based on a story by Jojiri Okami. Cast includes Kyôko Anzai, Harold Conway, Ryô Ikebe, Hisaya Itô, Koreya Senda, Leonard Stanford, Minori Takada and Yoshio Tsuchiya. 93 minutes. Colour. / Using a destructive "freeze ray" that counteracts the force of Gravity, flying saucers from another planet (see UFOs) blow up a Space Station, bring about a ...

Tayler, Kassy

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous, of the Young Adult Steampunk Dystopian Ashes of Twilight sequence beginning with Ashes of Twilight (2012), set in a clockwork-governed Underground world with Pocket Universe elements, run on tyrannically authoritarian lines and in fear of the open air above. In the process of demonstrating that "the sky is blue", the young protagonist finds herself and love, and quests adventurously. Outdoors is not all she ...

Ireland, David

(1927-    ) Australian author whose A Woman of the Future (1979), his best-known work of sf interest, depicts a bizarre but positively conceived set of futures through which his protagonist searches, and finds congenial. City of Women (1981), on the other hand, presents a Feminist vision of separatism whose ending befits its Alice in Wonderland style, as the vision turns out to be the hallucination of a lonely woman. Archimedes and the Seagle (1984), a fantasy, presents the ...

Lewis, Anthony R

(1941-    ) US bibliographer who compiled, solo and with others, various indexes for the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) and its publishing division NESFA Press. These include The N.E.S.F.A. Index to the Science Fiction Magazines and Original Anthologies, 1966 (1969 chap), 1967 (1968 chap), 1968 (1969 chap), 1969 (1970 chap), 1966-1970 (1971 chap), 1971-1972 (1973 chap) with Andrew Adams Whyte, 1973 (1974 chap) with Whyte, 1974 (1975 chap) with Whyte and ...

Shackleton-Hill, Angela

(?   -    ) UK author of Greensight (1984), a not entirely successful attempt to present a vision of the Far Future northlands of this planet as having gone through profound cultural and physical transformations. There are hints of Genetic Engineering, and attempts to convey strangeness through the diction chosen (see Linguistics), rendering the new worlds as though a Celtic Twilight had returned. [JC]

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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