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Japanese animated tv series (1973-1974). Original title Shinzō Ningen Kyashān; vt Neo Human Casshern; vt Casshern. Tatsunoko Productions. Created by Tatsuo Yoshida. Directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa. Writers include Tadashi Fukui, Akiyoshi Sakai and Jinzo Toriumi. Voice cast includes Ikuo Nishikawa, Emiko Tsukada, Kenji Utsumi and Masato Yamanouchi. 35 25-minute episodes. / A cliff-top castle is lit by lightning, imagery doubtless intended to evoke thoughts of the Frankenstein Monster, ...

Fox, Janet

(1940-2009) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Say It With Spiders" for Weirdbook #3 in 1970, most of her many stories being fantasy or horror; a selection from this work has been assembled as Witch's Dozen (coll 2003). Of sf interest is the Sharecropped Scorpio sequence for the Byron Preiss enterprise: Scorpio, an insectoid Alien on the run from his home planet, uses a pilfered Time Travel device to reach Earth, where he visits various historical periods in his quest ...

Powell, Frank

(1845-1906) US author of Dime-Novel SF whose friendship with historical figures like Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917) led to his appearance as a character in some (entirely fictional) Buffalo Bill tales, none actually written by him. It is not clear which books published as by Powell were not in fact by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham (1843-1904), the main figure behind the success of Buffalo Bill, whose prolific output – mostly Westerns – may not have included tales of the fantastic. / ...

Owen, Maurice

(1925-2008) Australian wholesaling company manager, resident in New Zealand for many years, and author of an sf tale for Robert Hale Limited: The White Mantle (1967), in which radical Climate Change – a new ice age – is set off by an Asteroid. [JC]

Shelton, Greg

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, Chasing the Cosmic Wind (1999), in which a ship carrying Aliens crashes into the Pacific; by a process of Identity Transfer, the aliens take over the minds of seven swimmers. As the tale progresses, interspecies relationships (see First Contact; Sex) begin to develop. [JC]

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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