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Holmes, Bruce T

(1946-    ) US singer/songwriter and author whose sf novel, Anvil of the Heart (1983), presents with some poignance one of the potential nightmares attendant upon the successful Genetic Engineering of the human species: the slow death of the last pre-altered humans as their children confront (and incomprehensibly transform) a new world. [JC]

Nagpal, Veena

(1942-    ) Indian author of Adventure in Space; And, the Time Travellers (coll 1967 India), in which Space Opera and Time Travel conventions are adapted, perhaps not vigorously enough, to her native venue. [JC]

Arnason, Eleanor

(1942-    ) US author who began to publish sf with "A Clear Day in the Motor City" for New Worlds 6: The Science Fiction Quarterly (anth 1973; vt New Worlds #5 1974) edited by Michael Moorcock and Charles Platt. She has since published stories and poems with some regularity; a selection has appeared as Ordinary People (coll 2005). Her first novel, The Sword Smith (1978), is a Fantasy notable for the spare elegance of its narrative, which focuses with modest intensity upon ...

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA), based on the 1994-2006 Manga by Hitoshi Ashinano, which won the 2007 Seiun Award for best Comic of the year. Ajia-do Animation Works. Voice cast includes Akiko Nakagawa, Hekiru Shiina, Ikuko Sugita and Mikio Terashima. / 1. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (1998; vt Yokohama Shopping Trip). Directed by Takashi Annō. Written by Hitoshi Ashinano. Two 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Alpha (Shiina) is left in charge of a rural cafe after its owner ...

Shefner, Vadim

(1915-2002) Russian author known mostly for his poetry (from circa 1940) and mainstream fiction. Two short novels, "Čelovek s pjatio 'Ne'" (1967 Zvezda nr 4; trans Alice Stone Nakhimovsky and Alexander Nakhimovsky as "The Unman") and Devushka u obryva ili Zapiski Kovrigina ["Kovrigin's Chronicles"] (1964 Literature Rossija nrs 39-44, 46; 1970; trans Antonina W Bouis as "Kovrigin's Chronicles"), were published together as The Unman; Kovrigin's Chronicles (omni 1980). Both are – like ...

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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