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Blot, Thomas

Pseudonym of US author William Simpson (1828-1910). In his sf novel The Man from Mars: His Morals, Politics and Religion (1891) the eponymous telepathic traveller tells of his Utopian world. Unfortunately – if his desire was to communicate widely – the human he contacts is a hermit. [JC]

Briggs, Raymond

(1934-    ) UK illustrator and author, active in both capacities from about 1958, and best known for several tales told in Comic-book format, including Fungus the Bogeyman (graph 1977) and the related pop-up book Fungus the Bogeyman Plop-Up Book (graph 1982). Both are arguably Equipoisal with sf, in which the meticulously worked-out topsy-turvy world of the melancholy Underground Bogeys, opposite to humans in every way (and often gleefully repulsive), serves to illuminate ...

From the New World

Japanese animated tv series (2012-2013). Original title Shinsekai Yori. Based on the novel by Yusuke Kishi. A-1 Pictures. Directed by Masashi Ishihama. Written by Masashi Sogo. Voice cast includes Aya Endo, Kana Hanazawa, Yui Horie, Hiroaki Hirata, Yūki Kaji, Haruka Kudō, Ayumu Murase, Daisuke Namikawa, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Motoki Takagi, Risa Taneda, Mai Tōdō, Kanako Tōjō. Twenty-five 23 minute episodes. Colour. / Saki Watanabe (Taneda/Endo) and her five ...

Hine, Muriel

(circa 1874-1949) UK author whose The Seven Lovers and Other Tales (coll 1927) contains some fantasy, and whose The Island Forbidden to Man (1946) seems to espouse the feminist Utopia hinted at in the title (see Feminism), but does not give the Island civilization espoused long for this world. [JC]

Morgan, Chris

(1946-    ) UK editor, critic and author who after several appearances in the Amateur Magazines SFinx (from 1969) and Macrocosm (in 1972) began to publish sf professionally with "Clown Fish and Anemone" for Science Fiction Monthly in April 1975. His fiction is generally unexceptional, though some stories – such as "Losing Control" (in Other Edens III, anth 1989, ed Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock), about the crew of a crashed Starship who survive by means of ...

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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