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Tsuburaya Eiji

Working name of Eiichi Tsurumaya (1901-1970), a Japanese cameraman and producer whose work forms a key part of Japan's special effects movie tradition (see Tokusatsu). Joining Japan's nascent film business when still in his teens, he became a cinematographer and developed a considerable reputation for special effects work. During World War Two he was drafted into the Tōhō Educational Film Research Division (also known as the "Shadow Staff"), making instructional documentaries. Tasked ...

Neufeld, John

(1938-2021) US author, mostly for Young Adult readers, beginning with Edgar Allan (1968). He is of sf interest for Sleep, Two, Three, Four! (1971), a highly politicized Near Future Dystopia dominated by "Nixon and Company", and featuring the attempts of a group of teenagers to transcend their conditioning – the model of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is present throughout – and to rescue a friend from a detention centre. [JC]

Barzevi, A H

(?   -?   ) US author of Migrants of the Stars: Being an Account of the Discovery of the Marvelous Land of Niames, and of the Secret of its Inhabitants (1931) with Marc F Keller, the protagonist of which travels by Balloon to a Lost Race of philosophers who have created a Utopia on a flying Island, from whence he is transported to the nearby planet Zu, which is also benign, though its inhabitants lack extrasensory powers. [JC]

Pheby, Alex

(1970-    ) UK academic and author whose first novel, Grace (2009), carries an escaped mental patient into a mysterious forest [for Into the Woods see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], where an old woman and a young girl dwell. His second and third novels adhere with some stringency to nonfantastic renderings of extreme states. He is of sf interest for his fourth, Mordew (2020), which with gonzo Equipoisal flare unpacks a Steampunk-ish fantasy tale within a ...

Snow Creature, The

US film (1954). Planet Filmways, Inc/United Artists. Produced and directed by W Lee Wilder. Written by Myles Wilder from his original story. Special effects by Lee Zavitz. Cast includes Rudolph Anders, Leslie Denison, Darlene Fields, Paul Langton, Rollin Moriyama, William Phipps (credited as Bill Phipps) and Teru Shimada. 71 minutes cut to 69 minutes. Black and white. / A botanical expedition in the Himalayan Mountains is commandeered by its lead Sherpa guide Subra (Shimada) after his wife ...

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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