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Yosei Gorasu

Film (1962; vt Gorath). Toho Studios. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura, based on a story by Jojiri Okami. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Ryō Ikebe, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Hiroshi Tachikawa and Jun Tazaki. 88 minutes, cut for US release to 83 minutes. Colour. / A small but massive Star, named Gorath, enters the Solar System and begins to disrupt planetary orbits. A Japanese Spaceship, the Hawk, is sent to investigate, but it is pulled ...

Emms, William

(1930-1993) UK teacher and occasional television scriptwriter responsible (among other work) for "Galaxy Four", a four-part Doctor Who television story in 1965 which does not take place in Galaxy Four. The original script was published as Doctor Who: The Scripts: Galaxy Four (1994), and novelized by Emms as Doctor Who: Galaxy Four (1985); the plot, featuring downed Spaceships and at least two Alien species, is as close to conventional Space Opera as Doctor Who normally gets. [JC]

Terrell, Heather

(1969-    ) US lawyer and author, initially of historical romances, then of Young Adult paranormal romances, and more recently of the Books of Eva sequence beginning with Relic (2013), set initially in an Arctic Near Future Dystopian City after a great Disaster has transformed the world into a Ruined Earth; the young protagonist, haunted by her twin brother's death but preoccupied by two vying youthful suitors, must undergo the Test, which involves a foray into the ...

Teng Ye

(?   -    ) Chinese author, winner of numerous online writing competitions organized by the Douban site, whose English-language debut was "Yuzhou-pian Xiangyan" (in Scifi New Year Gala, anth 2017; trans by Yang Yuzhi as "Universal Cigarettes" in Dawning in the East, anth 2017), in which a rep from a Drugs company hits upon the idea of despoiling the Earth in order to create a perpetually smoking tower of tobacco. Beyond the discussion of the technology ...

Youll, Stephen

(1965-    ) British artist, identical twin brother of artist Paul Youll, who is sometimes credited as Steve Youll. The older twin, Stephen studied art with his brother at Durham's New College and Sunderland University, and they initially worked together as cover artists, beginning with a cover for Daniel Keys Moran's Emerald Eyes (1988). Their collaborative works included colourfully busy covers for the 1989 republication of Sheila Finch's The Garden of the Shaped (1987) and ...

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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