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Lodwick, John

(1916-1959) UK author whose highly competent novels tend to insert somewhat depressive adventurers into a greyed post-World War Two world; of sf interest is Peal of Ordnance (1947), set in Near Future and featuring a distressed soldier who, after being demobbed, blows up the War Office and the Albert Memorial. [JC]

Ratzkin, Lawrence

(1931-2011) American artist, also credited as Larry Ratzkin. He graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1951, and was soon being employed by major New York publishers officially as a book designer, not a cover artist, though he was credited with some genuinely artistic covers. He worked steadily until the 1990s, eventually retiring to focus on photography before his death in 2011. / Regularly assigned to books by major authors in various fields, Ratzkin by no means specialized in ...

Highlander II: The Quickening

Film (1990). Davis-Panzer/Lamb Bear Entertainment. Directed by Russell Mulcahy. Written by Peter Bellwood, from a story by Brian Clemens and William Panzer, based on characters created by Gregory Widen. Cast includes Sean Connery, Michael Ironside, Christopher Lambert, Virginia Madsen and Allan Rich. 100 minutes. Colour. / This is a sequel to Highlander (1986), which was a pure fantasy about two immortals, one good (with Amnesia) and one bad, who battle through the centuries. The sequel ...

Urusei Yatsura

Japanese animated tv series (1981-1986; vt Those Obnoxious Aliens; vt Lum the Invader Girl). Based on the Manga by Rumiko Takahashi. Kitty Films, Studio Deen, Studio Pierrot. Directors include Mamoru Oshii and Kazuo Yamazaki. Writers include Kazunori Itô, Takao Koyama, Michiru Shimada and Shigeru Yanagawa. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Fumi Hirano, Ritsuo Sawa, Saeko Shimazu, Mayumi Tanaka and Rihoko Yoshida. 195 25-minute episodes, plus four specials. Colour. / An Alien, Mr ...

Madsen, Axel

(1930-2007) Danish-born journalist and author, in Canada from 1956 and in US from the 1960s; best-known for his biographies, whose subjects included John Jacob Astor and Simone de Beauvoir. Of sf interest is Unisave (1980), in which the Overpopulation crisis has created a Dystopian world. [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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