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Tetsujin 28 Go

1. Tetsujin 28 Go ["Iron Man #28"] (July 1956-May 1966 Shōnen Magazine). Manga written by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who was influenced by the idea of super-Weapons that might have changed the course of the war (such as the German V-1, V-2 and V-3) and the destruction wrought upon his hometown by American bombers. The Comic tells how, during World War Two, Scientists Dr Kaneda and Professor Shikishima were developing a giant Robot for the Japanese military; but by the time they had succeeded, ...

Wu Yan

(1962-    ) Chinese author, Beijing-born but of Manchu ethnicity, whose education encompassed psychology and a management PhD, and whose work includes the teaching of science fiction at Beijing Normal University. His first story, "Adventure in an Iceberg" (1978 Shaonian Kexue), was published when he was only 16, establishing him as an author before the academic career that truly supported him. Wu Yan has often appeared in Kehuan Shijie magazine, but also alongside his ...

Skene, Anthony

Pseudonym of UK author George Norman Philips (1884-1972) used primarily for his Sexton Blake tales featuring a character of his own creation, the albino Antihero M Zenith, or Zenith the Albino, who first appears in "A Duel to the Death" (21 November 1919 Union Jack #837), with many stories to follow, including Monsieur Zenith (1936; vt Monsieur Zenith the Albino 2001), his last appearance being "The Affair of the Bronze Basilisk" (April 1941 The Sexton Blake Library). Zenith himself seems not ...

Kennedy, Leigh

(1951-    ) US author, in the UK since 1985; married to Christopher Priest 1988-2011. Her sf stories, beginning with "Salamander" for Analog in June 1977, combine generic sharpness of address and a "literary" density. "Her Furry Face" (mid-December 1983 Asimov's), perhaps her best-known single work, exemplifies this duality of effect in a striking presentation of love between species, human and primate (see Apes as Human), expressed disastrously through an attempt at Sex; it ...

Myers, Howard L

(1930-1971) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Reluctant Weapon" for Galaxy in December 1952, and who published a number of tales over the next decade or so, usually as by Verge Foray; his only novel, Cloud Chamber (1977), attractively combines Cosmology, Antimatter invaders of our Universe, Sex and effortless rebirth of all sentient beings in a wide-ranging Space Opera that climaxes in its hero's arrival at Nirvana. His entire corpus was posthumously assembled in ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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