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Taylor, A G

(?   -    ) New-Zealand born teacher and author raised in UK, now in Australia. His Young Adult Superhumans sequence beginning with Meteorite Strike (2010) follows the adventures of its young protagonists who develop Superpowers in response to a deadly new virus centred in the Australian outback. Having aroused the attention of an international conspiracy to run the world known as HIDRA, they develop their powers for the sake of humanity, eventually defeating ...

Boye, Karin

(1900-1941) Swedish poet and author, whose first-hand experience of the fall of Weimar Germany during 1932-1934 directly influenced the work for which she is best-known by English-language readers, the Dystopia Kallocain (1940; trans Gustav Lannestock 1966), one of the several great dystopias set in a dreaded Near Future to have appeared in the decades-long aftermath of World War One. George Orwell, whose novel adds World War Two to the mix, almost certainly did not encounter the text, which ...

Crampton, Patricia

(1925-2016) Indian-born translator, in UK from 1930. As chair of the Translators Association, she contributed importantly to the argument that translators were essential contributors to the world of literature in general, and that in specific they should not be asked to work for flat rates, without hope of royalties, or of sharing revenues from the PLR (Public Lending Right) after it was created in the UK in 1979. After working as a translator in 1947 at the Nuremberg trials of Germans accused ...


Japanese animation studio, based in Nakano, Tokyo and founded in 1972 by Osamu Dezaki, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Masao Maruyama and Rintaro (real name Shigeyuki Hayashi, confused by some sources with his brother Masayuki Hayashi), who were former employees of Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Production studio (aka Mushi Pro). In 2004 the studio became a subsidiary of the Index Corporation; then, from 2011, of Nippon TV. / Madhouse's Anime output includes sf, Fantasy, Horror, sport, historical, crime, romance ...

Wright, Lawrence

(1947-    ) US journalist, screenwriter and author, active from the 1970s; much of his nonfiction work comprises analyses of world politics over the past several decades, a focus reflected in his filmscript for The Siege (1998) directed by Edward Zwick, whose story – martial law is declared in New York after a terrorist attack – hovers at the edge of the fantastic. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (first version 7 February 2011 The ...

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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