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Leimbach, Marti

(1963-    ) US author, almost entirely of nonfantastic novels, often with a focus on Medicine and the complex traumas of illness, with an emphasis on neurological conditions. The best known of these tales are probably Dying Young (1990) and Daniel Isn't Talking (2006); both were filmed. Leimbach is of sf interest for the Near Future Young Adult Dragonfly Girl (2021), whose young protagonist, a budding Scientist, brings a rat back to life under laboratory conditions. ...


Japanese animated tv series (1998). Original title Toraigan. Based on the Manga by Yasuhiro Nightow. Madhouse. Directed by Satoshi Nishimura. Written by Yōsuke Kuroda. Voice cast includes Tohru Furusawa, Sho Hayami, Aya Hisakawa, Masaya Onosaka, Hiromi Tsuru and Satsuki Yukino. 26 25-minute episodes. Colour. / With red trenchcoat, shaving-brush hair, Lennon glasses and the motto "Love and Peace", Vash the Stampede (Onosaka) leaves a trail of devastation in his wake, and carries a ...

Seibel, George

(1872-1958) US journalist, poet and author, of sf interest for The Fall: Being a True Account of What Happened in Paradise, for the Benefit of All Scandal-Mongers, with a New Interpretation of Sacred History, Vindicating Snakes and Apples (1919 chap), an allegorized exercise in Prehistoric SF involving an advanced civilization of Homo sapiens which moves en masse to Venus, leaving behind one recalcitrant couple (see Adam and Eve; Origin of Man). [JC]

Max Headroom

UK made-for-tv film (1985); US tv series (1987-1988). Chrysalis/Channel 4 (UK); Chrysalis/Lakeside-Lorimar Telepictures (US). Created by Steve Roberts (screenplay) and George Stone, Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton (story). Produced by Peter Wagg, Brian Frankish, Roberts. Writers included Roberts, Philip DeGuere, Michael Cassutt. Directors included Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (UK teleplay), Farhad Mann, Tommy Lee Wallace, Thomas J Wright, Victor Lobl, Janet Greek. Teleplay 70 minutes; series ...

Lindsay, John V

(1921-2000) US lawyer, politician (mayor of New York 1965-1973), and author of an sf novel, The Edge (1976), set in a Near Future America threatening to become a police state on grounds of the increased need for security (see Prediction). [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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