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Ogawa Issui

(1975-    ) Pseudonymous Japanese author – real name unknown – whose early work was published as by Tomonori Kawade, commencing with "Little Star" (1994 Jump Novel), an account of life in the solar system in the twenty-second century. He dropped out of university in the year he first published under his new pen name, with Earth Guard (1997). / Much of his early work is in the ephemeral pulps known in Japanese as Light Novels: more accurately book-form ...

Harry, Eric L

(1958-    ) US lawyer and author whose novels are mostly Technothrillers, though his first, Arc Light (1994), depicts the full-blown onset of World War Three as nuclear conflict between Russia and China rapidly escalates, and America becomes involved in an Asian land war. Society of the Mind: A Cyberthriller (1996) describes "knowledge" as a self-replicating virus, by virtue of which Computers may turn into AIs and rule the world. Protect and Defend (1997) and Invasion ...

Outer Space Jitters

Short US film (1957). Columbia Pictures. Directed by Jules White. Written by Jack White. Cast included Emil Sitka, Gene Roth, Philip Van Zandt, Dan Blocker, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Joe Besser. 17 minutes. Black and white. / The Three Stooges (at the time Howard, Fine and Besser), have landed on Venus with Professor Jones (Sitka) and promptly discover that the Venusians are planning to conquer Earth with legions of Zombies. (Dan Blocker, the future star of the western series Bonanza ...

Packard, Edward

(1931-    ) US author, co-developer with R A Montgomery of the Choose Your Own Adventure Gamebook sequence comprise of tales in which the reader becomes a kind of protagonist of the tale, being addressed in the second-person singular and actively determining the plot whenever cued to make a choice as to the next stage of the action. The Choose Your Own Adventure series itself – many of whose instalments were written by Montgomery (see his entry for details) – ...

Morrow, Lowell Howard

(1870-1951) US author whose career covered at least the first three decades of the twentieth century, probably beginning with the Near Future Atalantis: A Novel (1902), in which a permissive Utopia (and tax haven) has been constructed on an artificial Island in international waters, where private vices are supported. Unfortunately, a Yankee puritan in a state of virtue and sexual arousal (he loves a girl in residence) blows the island to smithereens in 1959. Morrow's best single story is ...

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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