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Tezuka Osamu

(1928-1989) The premier artist in the world of Japanese Manga (Comics) and animation, in both of which he established a standard. He began contributing serial comic strips to a regional newspaper in 1946 while in junior college. He became a leader in Japanese comics with Shin Takarajima ["The New Treasure Island"] (1947). An early manga trilogy of note comprises Lost World (1948), Metropolis (1949), and Nextworld (1951). The first concerns the exploration of a Dinosaur-inhabited planet formed ...

Lyons, Lynda

(1949-    ) US author of Priorities (1990), a Near Future tale featuring transgressive interactions between Robots and gay women. [JC]

Ludlum, Robert

(1927-2001) US stage and television actor, theatrical producer and author whose first novel, The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971), skirts the actual fantastic, as do most of his Technothrillers; in this case, the eponymous millionaire, in his search for world influence, surgically transforms himself into an intimate of Adolf Hitler named Heinrich Kroeger. The Gemini Contenders (1976), about a secret document claiming that Jesus Christ was not crucified, plays with Paranoias often since articulated; ...

Gillon, Meir

(1907-1989) Transylvanian-born UK author, born Meir Selig Goldstein – surname changed to Gillon in the 1940s – whose sf novel, The Unsleep (1961) with Diana Gillon, describes the effect of the Drug Sta-Wake which, by enforcing sleeplessness, contributes to the creation of an admass Dystopia. [JC]

Vachell, Horace Annesley

(1861-1955) UK land speculator (in 1880s-1890s California), playwright and author, active in the latter capacity from about 1900. In The Other Side: Being Certain Passages in the Life of a Genius (1910), a man involved in a crime investigation acquires knowledge from another Dimension. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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