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Williams, Zillah

(1934-    ) UK-born librarian and author, in Australia from her late childhood, most of whose work is for Young Adult readers, including The Doom Cloud (1982), whose young protagonist seems to have been drawn into another Dimension. [JC]


Japanese animated film (2019). Trigger, X FLAG. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Arata Furuta, Kenichi Matsuyama, Masato Sakai and Taichi Saotome. 111 minutes. Colour. / Thirty years ago, random humans – now called the Burnish – spontaneously developed pyrokinetic (see Psi Powers) abilities, and half the world's population died in the subsequent conflagrations. In the present day, the City of Promepolis's departments include Burning ...

Vinicoff, Eric

(1951-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "To Live in Alloy Continuity" in Analog for November 1975 with Marcia Martin, writing several short stories with her as well as Spacing Dutchman (1978 chap), a novelette, and the full-length The Weigher (1992), set on a planet whose discovery by humans (see First Contact) is seen from the viewpoint of the hugely ferocious natives, whose exceedingly precarious culture could plausibly have been ...

Wheeler, Ramona Louise

(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Flavor of Fire" in Analog for September 1998, which was the first of her Ray and Rokey series, assembled as Have Starship, Will Travel (coll of linked stories 2000), Starship for Hire (coll of linked stories 2001) and A Chance to Remember (2003). featuring the interstellar Space Opera adventures of Ray (a starpilot who dislikes planets) and Rokey (a scholar). Many Alien civilizations are encountered. ...

Randall, John D

(1944-    ) US author of an extremely late Yellow Peril tale, The Tojo Virus (1991), in which a Japanese super-corporation plans to infect America's Computers with an incapacitating virus (see Paranoia). [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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