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Komatsuzaki Shigeru

(1915-2001) Japanese illustrator (see Illustration) and author, whose lurid images dominated sf publishing in Japan in the 1950s, before resurgent Cinema and the new media of Television and Manga changed the shape of the genre. / His first published work comprised illustrations for the serial "Shirogitsune Kidan" ["Mystery of the White Fox"] (1938 Otaru Shinbun), and he was still a teenager when he began drawing military hardware for the mechanical journal Kikaika. He shot to prominence ...

Hall, Louisa

(1982-    ) US academic, poet and author who is of sf interest for her second novel, Speak (2015), a multi-voiced tale moderated and in part iterated by AIs, who have come to something like self-consciousness through a radical concept underlying their development: that consciousness is not generated by number-crunching but through the centripetal magnetism through time of storytelling. The figures depicted range from a young seventeenth century emigrant to America through a ...

Fear, W H

(1921-1989) Author, presumed to be British, who is known only for five early contributions to the numbered sequence of sf novels published by John Spencer and Co under the Badger Books imprint. The last of these, The Quest of the Seeker (1958), appeared under the House Name James Elton. [DRL/SH]

Carlton, Clark Thomas

(?   -    ) US singer/songwriter, playwright, screenwriter and author who is of sf interest for the Antasy sequence of Science Fantasy novels beginning with Prophets of the Ghost Ants (2011; rev 2017), set in a Far Future Planetary-Romance version of Earth called Dranveria, where homo sapiens has suffered Devolution to the size of contemporary ants, which have in turn become gigantic. The protagonist, marked by pheromones as a lowly worker in an ant-nest-like ...

Dinosaur Times

US tabloid-size Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Larry Brill. Editor: Edward Summer. Three quarterly issues in 1993. / According to publisher Brill, the launching of Dinosaur Times in the same year as Jurassic Park (1993) was a coincidence, the magazine having been planned for about two years. Aimed without reservations at children, it featured contests, Games and puzzles along with a pull-out poster of Dinosaurs each month. More serious material included interviews with ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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