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Many aspects of communication in sf are dealt with under separate entries in this volume. The most familiar form of communication is through language, for a discussion of which see Linguistics. For the perennially popular theme of opening communications with unfamiliar aliens, see First Contact; for initially discovering their existence, see SETI. Direct mental communication is discussed under Telepathy and ESP. For communication in the sense of travel, see Matter Transmission, Spaceships and ...

Chaykin, Howard V

(1950-    ) US author/illustrator, mainly of Comics. Chaykin's first professional work was the 1973 art for Marvel Comics's War of the Worlds (a sequel to H G Wells's novel!) and DC Comics's Sword of Sorcery (which featured Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser). Much of his work has been sf. He was writer/artist on Cody Starbuck and Iron Wolf before drawing the bestselling adaptation of Star Wars (1977) for Marvel in 1976. Chaykin teamed up with Samuel R Delany to ...

van Scyoc, Sydney J

(1939-    ) US author, active in the Unitarian Church, who began publishing work of genre interest with Shatter the Wall (February Galaxy 1962; 2016 ebook), and afterwards contributed stories regularly to the magazines. She soon became best known for her novels, beginning with the impressive Saltflower (1971), in which Aliens seed Earth to produce a new breed of "men" designed to create Utopia through the elimination of women (see Women in SF). Assignment Nor'Dyren (1973) ...

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Japanese animated tv series (2020). Original title Eizōken ni wa Te o Dasu na!. Based on the Manga by Sumito Ōwara. Science SARU. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa. Written by Yūichirō Kido and Masaaki Yuasa. Voice cast included Sairi Itō, Misato Matsuoka and Mutsumi Tamura. Twelve 25-minute episodes. Colour. / When she was a child, Midori Asakusa's (Itō) family moved into an apartment in the town of Shibahama; though the district is a maze of concrete, for her it is ...

Lensman [series]

Influential Space Opera series created by E E Smith (whom see for full discussion). Other authors of stories set in the Lensman universe are William Ellern, Hideyuki Furuhashi and David Kyle, the last focusing on the three Alien allies of the main series hero Kim Kinnison who like him attain the status of Second Stage Lensman. A concordance to the Lensman series forms the longest section of The Universes of E.E. Smith (1966) by Ron Ellik and Bill Evans. / Two Japanese Anime adaptations, the ...

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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