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Sarac, Roger

Pseudonym of US photographer, motion-picture executive, broadcaster and author Roger Andrew Caras (1928-2001), prolific author of nonfiction on the environment and animals in the wild, all under his own name; as Sarac, he wrote an sf novel, The Throwbacks (1965), about genetic throwbacks (see Apes as Human; Devolution) who are seen as a threat to humans until they are given sanctuary. [JC]


Japanese animated tv series (2019). Yaoyorozu. Directed and written by TATSUKI. Voice cast includes Arisa Kiyoto, Mikako Komatsu, Kenji Nojima and Tomomi Jiena Sumi. Twelve 24-minute episodes (plus six shorts). Colour. / This was TATSUKI's next project after the successful Season One of Kemono Friends (2017-current) and is based on his earlier two-part ONA (Original Net Animation), also called Kemurikusa and released in 2010 and 2012. / Six humanoid sisters live on what appears to be a ...

Wright, Kirby

(?   -    ) US author of The End, My Friend: Prelude to the Apocalypse (dated 2013 but 2014), a Near Future California after central governments collapse; the protagonists trek eastwards in search of a stable world. [JC]

Wright, Lan

Working name of UK author Lionel Percy Wright (1923-2010) for all his fiction; increased responsibilities in manufacturing industry curtailed his writing career. He began publishing sf with "Operation Exodus" for New Worlds in January 1952, and was active for over a decade in UK magazines, chiefly New Worlds and Nebula Science Fiction. His Johnny Dawson series in New Worlds, about intrigues between Earth and the planet Luther – beginning with "Fair Exchange" (January 1955 New Worlds) ...

Richardson, Warren

(?   -?   ) US author whose occult romance, Dr Zell and the Princess Charlotte [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1892), incorporates some sf-like devices (see Fantastika), including references to the cosmological speculations of Theosophy, and Identity Exchange. [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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