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Streib, Daniel T

(1928-1996) US journalist and author, who also wrote as by F Faragut Jones, Jonathan Schofield and Lee Davis Willoughby; much of his work was for children. His first novel, Operation: Countdown (1970) with Robert Page Jones, is a Near Future tale involving sabotage in near space; his Counter Force sequence beginning with Counter Force (1983) comprises a set of Technothriller tales with a strong emphasis on action. This series should not be confused with the Young Adult Counter Force sf books by ...

Mitani Kōki

(1961-    ) Japanese author, dramatist and film-maker, prominent both as a playwright in Japanese theatre, and as the director or screenwriter of films based on his stage plays. In his early acting career, he performed under the stage-name Sōtarō Ichihashi. / Much of Mitani's work displays a scenarist's fascination with the power of text to shape worlds. In his non-sf play Warai no Daigaku ["University of Laughs"] (1994 radio, staged 1996 trans as The Last ...

Robotron 2084

Videogame (1982). Vid Kidz (VK). Designed by Eugene Jarvis, Larry DeMar. Platforms: Arcade, Others. / Robotron is a two-dimensional arcade game (see Videogames) in which the player must defend the last human family against unending waves of hostile Robots. The game is notable for its frantic pace. Enemies attack continuously from all sides, while the player must use two joysticks to fire and move simultaneously. Where the designers' earlier game Defender (1980) is about speed and freedom, ...

What We Do in the Shadows

US tv series (2019-current). FXP, Two Canoes Pictures, 343 Incorporated. Created by Jemaine Clement. Based on the 2014 film of the same name (directed and written by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi). Directors include Jemaine Clement, Yana Gorskaya and Kyle Newacheck. Writers include Jemaine Clement, Marika Sawyer and Paul Simms. Voice cast includes Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Doug Jones, Kayvan Novak and Mark Proksch. 30 20-23 minute episodes. Colour. / Four ...

Schinagel, Géza

(1893-1967) US scientist and author whose brief, lightly fictionalized Possibilities (1930) investigates the Near Future and describes Utopian advances in science and Technology. [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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