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Willets, Gilson

(1869-1922) US journalist, screenwriter and author of a romantic adventure, The Double Cross: A Romance of Mystery and Adventure in Mexico of To-Day (1910), which incorporates a relatively innocent She figure, and hints of a Lost World in the background. It was filmed with his script as The Mystery of the Double Cross (1917) directed by Louis J Gasnier and William J Parke, a nine-part action serial lasting 350 minutes; the continued-next-week serial structure featured here had been created by ...

Dragon Ball

Japanese animated tv series (1986-1989). Based on the Manga by Akira Toriyama. Toei Animation. Directed by Daisuke Nishio and Minoru Okazaki. Written by Toshiki Inoue and Takao Koyama. Voice cast includes Takeshi Aono, Shigeru Chiba, Toshio Furukawa, Shōzō Iizuka, Masako Nozawa, Osamu Saka, Mayumi Sho, Naoki Tatsuta and Hiromi Tsuru. 153 24-minute episodes. Colour. / One day Old Master Gohan (Saka) finds an abandoned baby with a tail, which he has raised "and marvelled as the ...

Bell, Derrick

(1930-2011) US lawyer, academic and author, a central figure in the creation of what became known as "critical race theory", the argument that racism – which as a Black lawyer he had been involved in combating – was so inherent in American society that apparent reductions in segregation and discrimination would be cosmetic. The basic institutional racism of America, he argued, would inevitably reassert itself to the advantage of the already advantaged. / Though he wrote some ...

Kelleher, Victor

(1939-    ) UK-born Australian teacher and author, in Africa for about twenty years before emigrating to New Zealand in 1973 and then Australia in 1976; he has written some horror as by Veronica Hart. Kelleher's major narrative concerns, in his sf and Fantasy (he makes no sharp distinction between the two genres) for Young Adult readers, seem to be the resolving of conflicts between cyclic/seasonal time and linear time. His first novels – Voices from the River (1979), ...

Chapman, Stepan

(1951-2014) US author who also wrote as Steve Chapman; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Testing ... One, Two, Three, Four" in Analog for December 1969. Some of his better early work was published – along with stories by R A Lafferty, whose deadpan disjunctiveness he shared – in the Original Anthology series Orbit, including "Troika" in Orbit 13 (anth 1974) edited by Damon Knight; this tale was woven with others into his first novel, The Troika (fixup 1997), which won ...

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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