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Steamboy

Japanese animated film (2004). Bandai Visual, Studio 4 degrees C, Steamboy Committee. Directed by Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Written by Sadayuki Murai and Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Cast includes Kiyoshi Kodama, Manami Konishi, Katsuo Nakamura, Ann Suzuki and Masane Tsukayama. 126 minutes (also cut at 103 minutes). Colour. / Ponderous Steampunk caper in which a family of inventors trap super-heated, super-pure water in a metal "steam ball" to create a miraculous Power Source. James Ray Steam (Suzuki) ...

Farscape

Australian-American tv series (1999-2003, 2005). Jim Henson Productions for The Sci Fi Channel and Nine Network Australia. Created by Rockne S O'Bannon. Producers include Richard Manning, Robert Halmi Jr., David Kemper, and Brian Henson. Directors include Tony Tilse, Rowan Woods, Andrew Prowse, and Ian Watson. Writers include O'Bannon, Kemper, Manning, and Justin Monjo. Cast includes Ben Browder as John Crichton, Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun, Anthony Simcoe as Ka D'Argo, Virginia Hey as Pa'u ...

Ganpat

Pseudonym of Indian-born soldier and author Martin L Gompertz (1886-1951), probably in UK from infancy. His adventure novels, usually set in remote regions of Asia and show very clearly the influence of H Rider Haggard; several are of sf interest, the best-known being perhaps the two novels making up the Harilek/Sakaeland sequence, Harilek: A Romance of Modern Central Asia (1923) and Wrexham's Romance: Being a Continuation of Harilek (1935), both assembled as Adventures in Sakaland: Comprising ...

Heard, Gerald

Working name of UK speculative journalist, Californian spiritual guru and author Henry Fitzgerald Heard (1889-1971), who usually signed himself as H F Heard for his American publications after he moved to the USA in 1937; for medical reasons he was rejected for military service in World War One, perhaps because he was homosexual. He is perhaps best remembered for his association with Aldous Huxley in investigations of the Vedanta cult and for such speculative studies as The Ascent of Humanity: ...

Salterberg, B J

(1934-    ) US author of The Outlander: Captivity (1989), the powerful first volume of a trilogy that seems unlikely now to be completed. In a Ruined Earth environment, a matriarchal society attempts to survive assaults from a nearby patriarchal society based on agonistic martial behaviour. Interestingly, in its treatment of men under their control, the matriarchy mirrors "normal" male prejudices against women. The clear Feminist arguments of the text are placed, therefore, ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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