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Voiskunsky, Evgeny

(1922-2020) Russian naval officer, journalist and author; he wrote in collaboration with his first cousin Isai Borisovich Lukodianov (1913-1984) until the latter's death. Their work together began with the two-volume Institute of Marine Physics sequence. Ekipazh "Mekonga" (1961; cut trans Leonard Stoklitsky as The Crew of the Mekong 1974) is a long but fast-moving Hard-SF examination of two intersecting projects: an attempt to increase the surface tension of oil so that it can be sent without ...

James, R Alan

(?   -    ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is No News from Providence (1978). [DRL]

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space

Japanese animated film (2007). Kinétique. Directed and written by t.o.L.. Voice cast includes Béatrice Dalle, Takeshi Kato, Hisayo Mochizuki and Shinji Takeda. 92 minutes, plus three OVAs. Mainly black and white. / In 2010 Tokyo, on Cat Earth in the Feline Galaxy, lives cute catgirl Tamala (Mochizuki). This Earth is culturally similar to our own, but is populated by cat people with advanced Technology, such as flying cars and jet packs (see Flying); the advertisements for the ...

Koster, Raph

(1971-    ) US Game designer who has primarily worked on persistent Online Worlds. Koster's first major contributions were made to the free-to-play Heroic Fantasy Multi User Dungeon LegendMUD (1994 Mainframe, Net), of which he was one of the designers. He was later hired as lead designer for Ultima Online (1997), the first commercially successful Western Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, and subsequently for Star Wars: Galaxies (2003). Koster's designs have ...

Marvell, Andrew

Pseudonym of Welsh editor and author Howell Davies (1896-1985), who served in the trenches from the beginning of World War One, rising to the rank of Captain, an experience which affected him profoundly; he worked between the Wars as a theatre critic for the Manchester Evening News and as literary editor of the Star and News Chronicle, also serving as editor of the South American Handbook from its founding in 1923 until he retired in 1972. During the brief time he wrote as Marvell – the ...

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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