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Time Viewer

A passive form of Time Machine which typically displays, but allows no interaction with, scenes from the past. Almost certainly the first clearly envisioned example of the device appears in "L'historioscope" (in Fantaisies, coll 1883; trans Brian Stableford in News from the Moon, anth 2007, as "The Historioscope") by Eugène Mouton, where an electrical telescope is explicitly used to survey the past. Gardner Hunting's The Vicarion (1926; exp 1927) is an early example in which the viewer ...

Goodfellow, Cody

(1973-    ) US composer, actor, editor and author, most of whose early work has been horror, though his first publication of genre interest, the Radiant Dawn sequence beginning with Radiant Dawn (2000), intensifies Technothriller topoi – primarily a secret Weapon that could unleash Evolutionary change on humanity – with various Horror in SF routines; in the midst of this very Near Future turmoil, there are hints that deep ancient gods (see Cthulhu Mythos; H P ...

Inside Job

US animated tv series (2021-current). Taco Gucci, Jam Filled Entertainment, Netflix Animation. Created by Shion Takeuchi. Directors include Pete Michels, David Ochs and Vitaly Strokous. Writers include Chase Mitchell, Burke Scurfield and Shion Takeuchi. Voice cast includes Tisha Campbell, Lizzy Caplan, Chris Diamantopoulos, Clark Duke, Brett Gelman, Bobby Lee, John DiMaggio and Christian Slater. Ten episodes of around 30 minutes. Colour. / Most conspiracy theories are true (see Paranoia), ...

Melville, Herman

(1819-1891) US author whose first professional publication, "Fragments from a Writing Desk" (4-18 May 1839 Democratic Press and Lansingburgh Advertiser), is an exercise in Gothic grotesquerie. He is of course best known for such radically symbolic novels as The Whale (1851 3vols; vt Moby-Dick: Or, The Whale 1851 2vols); the great whale of this novel has long served as an archetype for the more Metaphysical variety of sf Monster, his tormented and tormenting pursuer Captain Ahab as an almost ...

Kimi to Ita Mirai no Tame Ni

["Back for the Future I Had With You"] Tv series (1999 Japan; vt I'll Be Back; vt Back to Our Future). NTV. Directed by Tōya Satō. Cast includes Tsuyoshi Dōmoto, Kimiko Endō and Yukie Nakama. Written by Tetsuya Ōishi. Ten 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Dying of a heart attack at midnight on New Year's Eve, 1999, washed-up supermarket shelf-stacker Atsushi (Dōmoto) finds himself back in 1995, intact, and with all his previous memories. In a plot that draws in ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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