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Shirow Masamune

Pen-name and preferred romanization of Masanori Oda (1961-    ), a publicity-shy Japanese comics artist crucial to the dissemination of Manga into the international market. Beginning with Areopagus Arther (1980 Atlas), Shirow was published in the fanzine Atlas, home to his early work until he was reprinted by professional publishers. Shirow's meteoric rise in the 1980s found him catching the zeitgeist both in Japan and abroad, beginning with his comic "Black Magic" (1983 ...

Barry, Kevin

(1969-    ) Irish author who is of sf interest primarily for his first novel, the Near Future City of Bohane (2011), which is set in the low-tech Ireland of 2053, a place and time where Dystopian oppressions are loquaciously mocked and serviced and nullified by the gangs whose language (see Linguistics) very vividly represents a world near anarchic, though thriving in the backwaters of history. There are no Computers, and no social media: as an arena for explosive events, ...

Fowler, Karen Joy

(1950-    ) US author with degrees in political science and north Asian studies, now best known for The Jane Austen Book Club (2004), a non-fantastic comedy of manners; two other late novels – The Sweetheart Season (1996) and Sister Noon (2001) – are also associational. She began publishing sf with "Recalling Cinderella" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol I (anth 1985) edited by Algis Budrys, and caused considerable stir in the sf field with the ...

Curtis, Richard A

(1937-    ) US editor, literary agent and author, known mainly in the first capacity for his anthology Future Tense (anth 1968), which is not to be confused with Kendell Foster Crossen's Future Tense (anth 1952). He has also published short work, beginning with "Introduction to 'The Saint'" for Cavalier in 1968, as well as Squirm: Novelization (1976), an sf film novelization (see Blue Sunshine). From 1980 to 1992 he wrote the Agent's Corner column in Locus, which has been ...

Johnson, Kenneth

(1942-    ) US screenwriter, producer and director, most of whose work as been in Television, specifically as the creator of the sf and borderline-sf series The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982), The Secret Empire (1979), Stop Susan Williams (1979; vt Cliffhangers: Stop Susan Williams) and "V" (1983-1985), and producer of The Bionic Woman (1976-1978). For Cinema he produced Short Circuit 2 (1988), the sequel to Short Circuit (1986) (which see). Twenty years after the original "V", ...

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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