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Toki o Kakeru Shōjo

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, based on a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui is one of the staples of Young Adult science fiction in Japan. First serialized in magazines for third-year middle-school and first-year high-school students in 1965, it has been novelized, rewritten, and adapted into many variants in the ensuing decades, each displaying unique features of the zeitgeist. As with James Cameron's Terminator (1984), it has a story that lends itself well to low-budget film-making, utilizing ...

Fisher, Nancy

(?   -    ) US author of medical thrillers featuring drugs and techniques marginally in advance of what was available at the point of publication; Vital Parts (1993), for instance, concerns an Immortality Drug; Special Treatment (1996) is about a fitness-enhancement regime beyond the current professional sports medicine; Code Red (1998) and Code Blue (2000) push the envelope on Cryonics. [JC]

Martinière, Stephan

(1962-    ) French artist, later a resident of America. After some brief training in animation, he went to work for DIC Entertainment in the mid-1980s, temporarily requiring him to move to Japan, and he was soon contributing to a number of animated series, including Inspector Gadget (1983-1986), Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (1985), MASK (1985), The Real Ghost Busters (1986-1991), and Madeline (1993-1995), primarily as an artist but also as a writer and director. He has ...

Chipman, W P

(1854-1937) US author of stories for Boys' Papers; his sf tale of some routine interest is An Aerial Runaway: The Balloon Adventures of Rod & Tod in North & South America (1901) with C P Chipman, who was his son. [JC]

Rocketship X-M

Film (1950; vt Expedition Moon). Lippert. Produced, directed and written by Kurt Neumann. Cast includes Lloyd Bridges, John Emery and Osa Massen. 78 minutes. Black and white. / This cheap movie was hastily made to beat the more illustrious Destination Moon (1950) to the theatres. A Rocket on its way to the Moon is diverted by a storm of meteors and lands on Mars instead. The astronauts find evidence that the planet has suffered an atomic war, and encounter a race of Mutants. In an ...

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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