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Whiteley, Elizabeth

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Devil's Throne (1903), whose protagonists, transfixed by a lamia, invade the realm of the Devil, which is behind the Moon, travelling there in an aircraft-like Spaceship; in the vicinity of the Throne, they meet the dead souls of some famous humans. [JC]

Big Mouth

US animated tv series (2017-current). Created by Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll and Mark Levin. Danger Goldberg Productions, Fathouse Industries, Good At Business, Titmouse. Directors include Bryan Francis, Joel Moser and Bob Suarez. Writers include Emily Altman, Kelly Galuska, Gil Ozeri and Joe Wengert. Voice cast includes Ayo Edebiri, Jessi Klein, Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas, John Mulaney, Jordan Peele, Maya Rudolph, Jenny Slate and David Thewlis. 51 27-minute episodes to ...

Edgar, Ken

(1925-1991) US academic and author, whose sole sf work is a Young Adult tale, The Starfire (1961), a kind of Fantastic Voyage to various planets undertaken by a young lad whose Inventions include a space ship and Matter Transmission. [JC]

Reeves, L P

(1937-    ) UK author exclusively associated with Robert Hale Limited, but whose novels, beginning with The Nairn Syndrome (1975), in which a new Drug causes mass disappearances, rise intermittently above their element. A recurring theme is Time Travel, as in Time Search (1976), which features a return to the World War Two era. The Last Days of the Peacemaker (1976) offers a vision of the destruction of London. [JC/DRL]

Yellow Magic Orchestra

Japanese synth-pop band, comprising Haruomi Hosono (1947-    ), Yukihiro Takahashi (1952-    ) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952-    ). They are regarded by some as nothing more than a long-lived novelty act, and it is true that the group have produced their fair share of jaunty, disposable electronic pop; but there is spine of significant and influential music-making running along their career. As with many post-Kraftwerk purveyors of ...

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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