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Gilliland, Alexis A

(1931-    ) US cartoonist and author who won Hugos as Best Fan Artist in 1980, 1983, 1984 and 1985; he also won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 1982. As an official in the US Federal Government 1956-1982, serving mainly as a chemist and specification writer, Gilliland was well situated to spoof bureaucracy, though his first sf sequence – the Rosinante trilogy comprising The Revolution from Rosinante (1981), Long Shot for Rosinante (1981) and The ...

Booth, Naomi

(?   -    ) UK academic and author whose first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking (2015), which is nonfantastic, dramatizes her interest as a critical analysis of literary swooning. In her first novel, Sealed (2017), a Near Future acceleration of Climate Change in Australia is further intensified through the effects of a deadly Pandemic known as Cutis, which asphyxiates its victims by sealing their skin shut; the protagonist, who is pregnant, is ...

Chilling Monster Tales

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. One issue only: August 1966. Published by MM Publishing Ltd from New York. No editor named. / Chilling Monster Tales consisted chiefly of uncredited summaries of classic Monster or Horror films including House of Frankenstein (1944) (see Frankenstein), Them! (1954) and The Day of the Triffids (1963), heavily illustrated with stills. An unusual feature was the use of red ink throughout much of the magazine. There ...

Sonny Boy

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Madhouse. Directed and written by Shingo Natsume. Voice cast includes Hiroki Gotō, Aoi Ichikawa, Ai Kakuma, Chiaki Kobayashi, Saori Ōnishi and Aoi Yūki. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / The world around a school vanishes, leaving it marooned in darkness with 36 baffled pupils. Matters are complicated by their developing Superpowers – from warping the school's geometry to having a glowing fingertip; the latter pupil is delighted by ...

Sisson, Marjorie

(?   -    ) UK author of The Cave (1957 chap), whose two protagonists re-enact the story of Adam and Eve in the Lascaux caverns (see Underground), some time after World War Three. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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