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Leslie, Desmond

(1921-2001) UK composer and author, son of the writer Shane Leslie (1885-1971) and best known for co-authoring with George Adamski (whom see for details and related works by Adamski alone) the famous early UFO book Flying Saucers Have Landed (1954; exp by Leslie 1970). Of more direct sf interest is Angels Weep (1948), a right-wing Dystopia, and ...

Sabikui Bisco

Japanese Anime tv series (2022; vt Rust-Eater Bisco). Oz. Based on the Light Novel by Shinji Cobkubo. Directed by Atsushi Itagaki. Written by Sadayuki Murai. Voice cast includes Natsuki Hanae, Reina Kondō, Shirō Saitō, Ryōta Suzuki, Miyu Tomita and Kenjiro Tsuda. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / After an explosion leaves Tokyo a crater surrounded by ruins and desert (see ...

Smith, James Robert

(1957-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Things Not Seen" in 2 AM for Spring 1987, most of his short work being horror. His first novel, The Flock (2006), is a very Near Future action-heavy tale featuring the eponymous civilization of highly intelligent prehistoric birds, whose survival into the present in the backwoods of inland Florida has been made possible by its enormous care not to ...

Thomas, Rhys

(?   -    ) Welsh author whose sf novel, On the Third Day (2010), is set in the aftermath of a Disaster, the rapid spread of a virus-based Pandemic that causes either incurable depression or savage violence, ending in death after three days. The story follows the immune survivors of a devastated family group to the south coast of England, where their attempts to establish a protective ...

VGA Planets

Videogame (1992). Designed by Tim Wissemann. Platforms: DOS, Win. / VGA Planets is a turn-based 4X Game of galactic domination displayed on a two-dimensional map, broadly similar to its near contemporary Master of Orion (1993). ("VGA" refers to a type of graphics hardware; its use in early versions made the game more visually appealing than some of its competitors.) After ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for ...



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