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Suddain, M

(?   -    ) New Zealand journalist, playwright and author, in London from 2008, whose first novel, Theatre of the Gods [for subtitle see Checklist below] (2013), describes in a goofish gonzo idiom, complete with author's and editor's notes and obfuscations, its protagonist's Fantastic Voyage into other Dimensions, with a crew of children helping operate his ...

Colfer, Eoin

(1965-    ) Irish schoolteacher and author for Young Adult audiences from his first book, Benny and Omar (1998), which is not fantastic. His other singletons are, however of fantasy interest: the young protagonist of The Wish List (2000), who has died, is given a chance to redeem her soul by doing good works back on Earth; The Supernaturalist (2004) is set in the ...

de Parville, Henri

Pseudonym of French author François Henri Peudefer (1838-1909) who is of sf interest for Un habitant de la planète Mars: roman d'anticipation (1865; trans Brian Stableford as An Inhabitant of the Planet Mars 2008), based on a hoax newspaper article by Peudefer (signed A Lomon). published 17 May 1865 Le Pays, and purporting to describe the discovery of a humanoid fossil from Mars in ...

Galactic Patrol Lensman

Japanese animated tv series (1984-1985). Original title Galactic Patrol. Based on E E Smith's Lensman series. Academy Productions, Madhouse, MK Productions. Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi. Writers include Masaki Tsuji and Haruya Yamazaki. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Banjo Ginga, Mami Koyama and Tomiko Suzuki. 25 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Episode one's opening narration ...

Gibson, William

(1948-    ) US-born author, in Canada since 1968, when he moved north after being rejected by his draft-board. After some time in Toronto – where a significant proportion of his fellow expatriates had come in protest against the Vietnam War – he moved in 1972 to Vancouver, British Columbia, a Pacific Rim city where attention has for decades been uneasily focused upon increasingly dominant Japan (latterly China) across the waters. (It could be argued that the ...

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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