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Cybersix

Canadian-Japanese animated tv series (1999; vt Cyber Six). TMS Entertainment. Based on the Comic strip by Carlos Meglia and Carlos Trillo. Directors include Keiichiro Furuya, Keiko Oyamada and Nobuo Tomizawa. Writers include Andrew D Hammell, Terry Klassen, Koji Takeuchi, Judy Valyi and Barry Whittaker. Voice cast includes Michael Dobson, Alex Doduk, Tesshō Genda, Takanobu Hozumi, Terry Klassen, Nahomi Matsushima, Tomoko Nakajima and Cathy Weseluck. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / ...

Platts, W Carter

(1864-1944) UK author whose spoof sf collection, Up-To-To-Morrow; Or, Mr Chumson's Experiments (coll of linked stories 1903), depicts a series of Inventions, most of them sf, and their comical failure. [JC]

American Flagg!

US Comic-book series (1983-1989, 63 issues), published by First Comics, created by writer/artist Howard V Chaykin. Generally considered one of the best sf Comics of the 1980s, American Flagg! is set in a media-saturated USA reduced to Third-World status, and stars Reuben Flagg, drafted into the Plexus Rangers in Chicago in the 2030s (Plexus being a Mars-based mega-cartel planning to sell off the USA piece by piece). American Flagg! is sophisticated fun, featuring cynically humorous writing and ...

Night Stalker

US tv series (2005). Touchstone Television/Big Light Productions for ABC tv. Created by Frank Spotnitz; produced by Lori-Etta Taub, Gary LaPoten. Cast includes Eric Jungmann, Stuart Townsen and Gabrielle Union. Directors included Rob Bowman, Dave Sarafian, Tony Wharmby. Writers included Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, William Schmidt. Ten 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This short-lived series was both a remake of and a sequel to the original series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975), with the ...

ESP

An acronym for extra-sensory perception which was popularized by the pioneering exercise in parapsychology, Extra-Sensory Perception (1934) by J B Rhine, which attempted to repackage folkloristic notions of "second sight" or a "sixth sense" in scientific jargon; he is referred to in Psychoanalysis and the Occult (anth 1953) edited by George Devereux, where "occult" is understood primarily in terms of Telepathy [which see], and which attempts to associate telepathy with the late work of Sigmund ...

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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