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Newman, Robert

(1909-1998) US Radio scriptwriter and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "I Belong to the Beast" in Horror Stories for June 1935, and who was active from around 1940 in radio; some early work appeared as by Roger Howard Norton, Robert Howard Norton and Rogers Howard Norton. His early novels – including Identity Unknown (1945) and The Enchanter (1962), the latter a thriller – were nonfantastic, and directed to adult readers. He remains best known for the Tertius ...

Banks, David

(1951-    ) UK actor who played the Cyberleader (1982-1988) in the television series Doctor Who, for which series he wrote a "biography" tied to his role, Doctor Who: Cybermen (1988; rev 1990), which he adapted into a series of radio cassettes (1989-1990); more recently, he wrote a novel tied to the series, Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Iceberg (1993). [JC]

Kimagure Robot

Japanese animated webseries (2004; vt The Capricious Robot). Studio 4°C. Based on the stories of Shinichi Hoshi. Directors include Yasuhiro Aoki and Yasuyuki Shimizu. Voice cast comprises Toshiyuki Itakura (all male voices) and Megumi (all female voices). Ten two-minute episodes. Colour. / Sometime in the future, The Doctor – a partially Cyborged, slightly Mad Scientist – and his glamorous young assistant build Robots ... / Stories include: A millionaire's robot personal ...

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa was a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, much influenced by Third Person Shooters. In the game's back-story a Near Future Earth had been invaded by an Alien empire. The attackers were ruled by a race known as the Bane, an offshoot of a Forerunner civilization which had decided to guarantee its future dominance by destroying or enslaving any species which might eventually challenge it. Humanity proved unable to effectively resist the Invasion, but some survivors escaped ...

Sketchley, Arthur

Pseudonym of UK playwright and author George Rose (1817-1882), the first of whose series of comic sketches presenting the erratic lower-class opinions of Mrs Brown was "How Mrs Brown Spent Christmas Day" (in Routledge's Annual, anth 1866). Her responses to George T Chesney's The Battle of Dorking (1871 chap), which she believes to be factual, are given in Mrs Brown on the Battle of Dorking (1871 chap) (see Battle of Dorking). In later years, Rose played Mrs Brown in staged readings. [JC]

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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