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Astro Boy

1. Japanese animated tv series (1963-1966; vt Mighty Atom; Astroboy). Original title Tetsuwan Atomu. Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka. Directed by Osamu Tezuka. Writers include Osamu Tezuka, Noriyuki Honma, Masaki Tsuji, Kenichi Takahashi and Yoshiyuki Tomino. Voice cast includes Hisashi Katsuta, Yoko Mizugaki, Reiko Mutou, Mari Shimizu, Kazue Tagami and Hisashi Yokomori. 193 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / It is the year 2000 and a boy, Tobio, dies in a road accident. His father ...

Leahy, John Martin

(1886-1967) American author and artist, apparently active only during the 1920s; except for his publications, little is known about his life except that he lived in the state of Washington. His longer works are one serialized sf novel that appeared in Science and Invention, "The Living Death" (October 1924-June 1925 Science and Invention), and two serialized novels, heavily influenced by H Rider Haggard, that were published in Weird Tales: "Draconda" (November 1923-May/June/July 1924 Weird ...

Dallos

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1983). Pierrot. Directed and written by Mamoru Oshii and Hisayuki Toriumi. Voice cast includes Tesshou Genda, Shuuichi Ikeda, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Hideki Sasaki. Four 30-minute episodes. Colour. / At the end of the twenty-first century Earth is prospering, the problems caused by Pollution and declining resources cured by the exploitation of the Moon's mineral wealth. However, the lunar settlers are not benefiting – being overworked, forced to ...

Amazing Spider-Man, The

1. US tv series (1977-1979). Charles Fries Productions for CBS-TV. Character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics, debuting in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) and appearing in his own title The Amazing Spider-Man from March 1963. Produced by Robert Jones, Lionel E Siegel, Edward Montagne. Directors included Cliff Bole, Michael Caffey, Don MacDougall. Writers included John W Bloch, Howard Dimsdale, Stephen Kandel. Cast includes Ellen Bry (Julie Masters), Chip Fields (Rita ...

Thomson, James

Working name of Scottish poet and author James Thompson (1834-1882), best known for "The City of Dreadful Night" (1874 National Reformer as Bysshe Vanolis; 1975 chap), a long narrative poem whose rendering of an apocalyptic City very much like London contains a profusion of images and tropes that prefigure Steampunk and Urban Fantasy (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below). This city is presided over by the brooding, fantastical figure of Melancholy as portrayed in Albrecht ...

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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