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Animated film (2004). Sori. Directed by Shinji Aramaki. Written by Haruka Handa, Tsutomo Kamishiro, based on the Manga Appleseed (begun 1985) by Masamune Shirow. 105 minutes. Colour. / This is the second adaptation of this manga, after the cruder, made-for-video Appleseed (1988). Appleseed is set in a future where most of Earth has been reduced to cinders by global conflict, and humanity's best prospects lie in a Utopian floating City-Island called Olympus. The population of this society is ...

Denton, Bradley

(1958-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Music of the Spheres" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in March 1984, and who caused some impact in the field with his first novel, Wrack & Roll (1986), a contemporary Alternate-History tale which portrays heavy-metal musicians as the Heroes they might dream of being in a world absolutely divided between the "straight" majority and the anti-authoritarian "wrackers", who are defined by their Music. ...

Smith, Wilbur

(1933-2021) South African accountant and author born in Northern Rhodesia [now Zambia], mostly in South Africa from early adulthood; most of his works, which are normally divided into long series, are nonfantastic historical and contemporary dramas set mostly in South Africa. One series, the Ancient Egyptian sequence beginning with River God (1993), incorporates some fantasy elements into its primary setting, which is circa 1700 BC; in The Seventh Scroll (1995), set in contemporary times, ...

St George, David

Joint pseudonym of UK author David Phillips (?   -    ) and Bulgarian engineer and author Georgi Markov, the latter in the UK from about 1971; his assassination in London at the hands of Bulgarian agents was admitted only in 1990 after the old government fell. In their spoofish Near Future Satire, The Right Honourable Chimpanzee (1978), a crisis-ridden UK elects an ape as prime minister (see Apes as Human). [JC]

Chalmers, Garet

Pseudonym of UK author Margaret Simpson Chalmers (1939-    ), whose two sf novels for Robert Hale Limited are A Legend in His Own Deathtime (1978), set in a Far-Future City deeply sunk in Decadence, and Homo-Hetero (1980), portraying the dilemma of two lovers of opposite gender in a Dystopia where heterosexuality has been criminalized. Decades later Chalmers returned to sf publishing with the romantic Space Opera Loki (2014 ebook), announced as the opening volume of The ...

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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