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Astro Boy

1. Japanese animated tv series (1963-1966; vt Mighty Atom; Astroboy). Original title Tetsuwan Atomu. Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka. Directed by Osamu Tezuka. Writers include Osamu Tezuka, Noriyuki Honma, Masaki Tsuji, Kenichi Takahashi and Yoshiyuki Tomino. Voice cast includes Hisashi Katsuta, Yoko Mizugaki, Reiko Mutou, Mari Shimizu, Kazue Tagami and Hisashi Yokomori. 193 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / It is the year 2000 and a boy, Tobio, dies in a road accident. His father ...

Willeford, Charles

(1919-1988) US soldier – much decorated in World War Two – and author, best known for noir crime thrillers like The Burnt Orange Heresy (1971) and for the equally dark police thrillers in the Miami-based Hoke Moseley series, most famously the first title in the sequence, Miami Blues (1984). In a prefiguration of the surreal juxtapositions examined in his work, Willeford's first novel, High Priest of California (1953), was bound with a reprint of Talbot Mundy's Lost Race novel, Full ...

Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by £1 annually to reflect the year. The announced shortlist and the subsequent winner ...

Barnes, Adrian

(1963-2018) UK-born teacher, journalist and author, in Canada from childhood, whose first novel, Satan a la Mode: A Devilish Piece of Good News (2006) is an Absurdist fantasy. His first sf novel, Nod (2012), comprises the manuscript of a man immune to a Near Future sleeping disorder – chronic sleep deprivation – that has effectively ended civilization, turning the sleepless into Zombie-like Monsters for whom insanity is followed, after a few weeks, by death. The Sleeper protagonist ...

Mr Drake's Duck

Film (1951). Douglas Fairbanks Productions. Eros Films (UK), United Artists (US). Produced by Daniel M Angel. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Guest and Ian Messiter based on a radioplay by Messiter. Cast includes Yolande Donlan, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Jon Pertwee. 85 minutes UK; 75 minutes US. Black and white. / American Donald Drake (Fairbanks) and his wife Penny (Donlan) arrive at Green Acres Farm, Sussex, which Drake has inherited from an English relation. Penny ...

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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