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Yoneda Hitoshi

(1955-    ) Japanese artist and illustrator, a drop-out from the Kyoto City University of the Arts who soon found a career in sf Fantasy and game Illustration, in which he gained renown in particular for his images of dragons (see Supernatural Creatures). Notable covers include several works by Yoshiki Tanaka, although Yoneda is much better known through his Games work, including the various iterations of Seiken Densetsu ["Holy Sword Legend"] (1989; vt Secret of Mana, Legend ...

Countdown: The Sky's on Fire

Made-for-tv movie (1998). OTL Productions Incorporated. Directed by Dan Lerner. Written by Roderick Taylor, Bruce Taylor, Gar Anthony Hayward, based on Fatal Exposure (1991) by Michael Tobias. Cast includes Josie Bissett, Ben Browder, John Corbett, Tom Irwin and Bradley Whitford. 89 minutes. Colour. / A painfully low-budget Disaster movie, Countdown: The Sky's on Fire has little to distinguish it except its lurid title. A hole in the ozone layer above the Pacific threatens to burn to death ...

Vibert, Paul

Working name of French author Edmond-Celestin-Paul Vibert (1851-1918) who, in Pour Lire en Automobile: nouvelles fantastiques ["For Reading in an Automobile: Fantastic Stories"] (coll 1901; trans Brian Stableford as The Mysterious Fluid coll 2011), espouses the theory that electricity is the universal Power Source underlying all other forms of energy. Most of his collection comprises is made up of illustrative vignettes, most of them sufficiently "advanced" in their descriptions of the powers ...

Johnston, Aaron

(?   -    ) US screenwriter, playwright and author, whose work in the latter capacity has been as a collaborator with Orson Scott Card in various recent works, including a Technothriller, Invasive Procedures (2007), and a new prequel series in the Ender universe, the Ender: First Formic War sequence, beginning with Earth Unaware: The First Formic War: Volume One of the Formic Wars (2012), which is based on the Marvel Comics series, and continuing with the ...

Banks, Iain M

(1954-2013) Scottish author who published fiction for the general market as Iain Banks, and works aimed more directly at sf readers as Iain M Banks. Although differences in register can be detected between the two forms of his name, as a whole Banks's work is more usefully thought of as ranging through a wide spectrum, rather than as bifurcating into two separate categories. As in the case of Graham Greene's "real novels" and what he called "Entertainments", the distinction between the two ...

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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