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Edwards, Rob

(?   -    ) UK author, resident in Finland for some time, whose first novel, The Ascension Machine (2020), is an exuberant Young Adult Space Opera riff on a range of story opportunities from the SF Megatext: his young hero cons himself into a school, a combination of space cadet academy and Superhero breeder, on a planet new to him; he makes friends with Alien schoolmates, with whom he then engages in adventures as the galaxy is in danger of being overwhelmed ...

Carter, Nick

Fictional sleuth, and House Name for many of the titles in which he appears. Created by John Russell Coryell (1848-1924) in The Old Detective's Pupil, or The Mysterious Crime at Madison Square Garden (1886) on the model of Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), founder of the famous detective agency, Carter featured in many subsequent US dime novels, including two Series of sf interest (see Dime-Novel SF) by Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey writing as Chickering Carter – the name of one of Carter's ...

Serial Films

In the early days of Cinema there was a considerable vogue for serial films divided into chapters or episodes intended for separate screening in weekly instalments, a famous nonfantastic example being the 20-part General Film Company/Eclectic Film Company melodrama The Perils of Pauline (1914), directed by Louis J Gasnier and Donald MacKenzie with the much-menaced Pearl White in the title role. Later serials introduced the tradition of breaking off at cliffhanger situations to be resolved in ...

Amano Yoshitaka

(1952-    ) Japanese artist, rare in the contemporary medium for eschewing the Manga cash-cow in favour of portraiture, book illustration and design. Amano's early work, while still in his teens, was at the Tatsunoko Anime studio, where he soon rose to the rank of character designer establishing the baseline images from which the pool of animators would create the animation itself on shows such as Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman II ["Science Ninja Team Gatchaman II"] (1978 Japan ...

Green, Nunsowe

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of the sf discussion novel, A Thousand Years Hence; Being Personal Experiences as Narrated by Nunsowe Green ... (1882) [see Checklist for full subtitle]. Though the featured tour of the future turns out to have been a dream, the novel invokes a wide range of sf notions, from ESP to Genetic Engineering to interplanetary travel to Terraforming. [JC]

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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