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Morris, Jonathan

(1973-    ) UK author involved in the Doctor Who universe, for which he has written two Ties: Doctor Who: Festival of Death (2000) and Doctor Who: Anachrophobia (2002), the latter an intricate tale threatening to engage deeply in Time Paradoxes and Time Out of Sequence tropes. [JC]

Komatsuzaki Shigeru

(1915-2001) Japanese illustrator (see Illustration) and author, whose lurid images dominated sf publishing in Japan in the 1950s, before resurgent Cinema and the new media of Television and Manga changed the shape of the genre. / His first published work comprised illustrations for the serial "Shirogitsune Kidan" ["Mystery of the White Fox"] (1938 Otaru Shinbun), and he was still a teenager when he began drawing military hardware for the mechanical journal Kikaika. He shot to prominence ...

DiMarco, Jennifer

(1973-    ) US publisher and author, usually on Gender issues, who is best known for the Patriarchy sequence, beginning with Escape to the Wind (1993), set in a Post-Holocaust Seattle run by an anti-female junta. Other work includes at least two novels, Immortality (1999) and Dragon Storm (2000). Her publishing firm, Pride & Imprints, claims to release books under at least five imprints: all her books are published, under one imprint or another, by her firm; it has not ...

Gough, Julian

(1966-    ) UK-born singer-songwriter and author, in Ireland from the age of seven; he was a founder of and main writer of the band Toasted Heretic, which released four albums between 1988 and 1993. His first novel, Jude: Level 1 (2007; vt Jude in London 2009), is a nonfantastic though gonzo picaresque featuring an Irish orphan lad's attempts to find it all out. Of sf interest is the Near Future Connect (2018), whose protagonist, a moderately ungovernable teenager with ...

Felix the Cat

US animated film shorts (1919-1930). Pat Sullivan studio. Created by Otto Messmer and Pat Sullivan. Directed and written by Otto Messmer. 180 episodes (4-11 minutes), all but 12 silent; 15 silent episodes were reissued with sound 1929-1930. Black and white. / Felix was the most popular animated character prior to the rise of Mickey Mouse, and an early example of the successful merchandising of film-related Toys and songs. There is some dispute over who created Felix, but the director and ...

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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