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Takemiya Keiko

(1950-    ) Japanese Comics artist, sharing with Moto Hagio a central position within the Year 24 Group and the winner of the first Seiun Award for Best Comic of the Year, in 1978. A precocious talent, Takemiya famously proclaimed herself to be Shōtarō Ishinomori's "first female disciple", after learning much of her craft from his book Mangaka Nyūmon ["Introduction for Manga Creators"] (graph 1965). After earlier competition wins, her first published work, ...

Neverworlds

US/Canadian Online Magazine produced by Kevin L McPherson and Jonathon M Sullivan, which ran from April 1998 to February 2002 but of which all online record has now been lost or is inaccessible. Initially bimonthly, it saw at least seventeen issues and may have attained a monthly schedule by 2001, but the sheer workload involved at the time when there was considerable flux in the dot.com world may have contributed to its demise. It paid a graduated rate to contributors so is classified as a ...

Cohen, Larry

(1934-2019) US film-maker. A cult figure as much for the wildness of his ideas as for the sporadic brilliance of his direction, Cohen has never tried to graduate to the mainstream in the way contemporaries like David Cronenberg or Brian De Palma have, and turns out as many curate's eggs as low-budget masterpieces. Originally a television writer, he early discovered Paranoia in his creation of the Western show Branded (1965-1966) and the sf show The Invaders (1967-1968), both featuring ...

Fortress

Film (1992, but released 1993). Fortress Films/Village Roadshow Pictures/Davis Entertainment Production. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Steve Feinberg, Troy Neighbors. Cast includes Jeffrey Combs, Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Towles and Vernon Wells. 95 minutes. Colour. / In a Near-Future and apparently semi-fascist USA it is illegal to have more than one child, and ex "Black Beret" soldier John Brennick ...

Brown, Douglas

(1907-1976) UK journalist, foreign correspondent and author of sf significance for Loss of Eden: A Cautionary Tale (1940; vt If Hitler Comes: A Cautionary Tale 1941) with Christopher Serpell, a strong Hitler Wins tale, presented as the witness manuscript of a contemporary New Zealander discovered much later in Wellington, New Zealand after a volcano has destroyed that city. The opening deliberately replicates Gustave Doré's famous image of a future New Zealander gazing upon the ruins of ...

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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