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Roman, Steven A

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Ballad of Fancy Dan" (in Untold Tales of Spider-Man, anth 1997, ed Kurt Busiek and Stan Lee) with Ken Grobe. Further similar work includes X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy, a Tie to the Marvel Comics universe, beginning with X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy: Book 1: Doctor Doom (2000); and a contribution to the Final Destination series, Dead Man's Hand (2005). [JC]

Undersea Super Train: Marine Express

Japanese animated tv film (1979). Original title Kaitei Chōtokkyū Marin Ekusupuresu; vt Marine Express. Tezuka Productions. Directed by Satoshi Dezaki. Written by Osamu Tezuka. Voice cast includes Hisashi Katsuta, Kaneta Kimotsuki, Mami Koyama, Yoshiko Ōta, Chikao Ōtsuka, Mari Shimizu, Junichi Takeoka and Kōsei Tomita. 91 minutes. Colour. / Shown during Nippon Television Network's 1979 annual charity broadcast, the film stars many of Tezuka's beloved creations, ...

Timeslip [film]

Film (1956; vt The Atomic Man US). Merton Park/Allied Artists. Directed by Ken Hughes. Written by Charles Eric Maine. Cast includes Peter Arne, Faith Domergue, Gene Nelson and Vic Perry. 93 minutes, cut to 76 minutes US. Black and white. / Undistinguished UK thriller whose sf concept is that an atomic scientist, who temporarily died for 7½ seconds on the operating table while a bullet was being dug out of his back, now lives mentally exactly 7½ seconds in the future (see ...

Rositzke, Harry A

(1911-2002) US CIA agent 1947-1970 whose professional focus on the USSR generated (post-retirement) nonfiction studies of interest, including The KGB: The Eyes of Russia (1980). Of sf interest is Left On!: The Glorious Bourgeois Cultural Revolution (1973) which describes guardedly the establishment of a Near Future populist Utopia in America. [JC]

Rottensteiner, Franz

(1942-    ) Austrian sf critic, editor and literary agent; he has a PhD from the University of Vienna. He has edited the SF of the World series for Insel Verlag, the Fantastic Novels series for Paul Zsolnay Verlag, and the Fantastic Library series – now over 250 volumes – for Suhrkamp Verlag. He writes in English as well as in German, his critical articles having appeared in Science Fiction Studies and elsewhere. He is particularly well known for his spirited ...

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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