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Weaver, Will

Pseudonym of US teacher and author William Weller (1950-    ), most of whose fiction, either for adult or Young Adult readers, is nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for the Memory Boy sequence comprising Memory Boy (2001) and The Survivors (2012), in which a Near Future planetary Disaster – rather domestically described – forces the young protagonist and his family into the north woods where, aided by his eidetic Memory, they must learn how to survive. At points ...

Kikuchi Hideyuki

(1949-    ) Japanese author of immense domestic popularity, known initially abroad for the Anime adaptations of several of his novels, which formed a substantial component of the 1990s English-language image of Japanese animation as sexualized and violent pulp fiction. He shares a niche within Japanese sf with similarly prolific authors such as Yoshiki Tanaka, Masaki Yamada and Baku Yumemakura, although, unlike their work, his sagas of demonic conflict have largely eluded ...

Earthworm Jim

US animated tv series (1995-1996). AKOM, Flextech Television Limited, Universal Animation Studios. Created by Doug TenNapel, based on the 1994 platform game (see Videogames) of the same name. Directors include Pam Garry, Graham Morris, Sue Peters and Bill Reed. Most episodes written by Doug Langdale. Voice cast includes Charlie Adler, Jeff Bennett, Dan Castellaneta, Jim Cummings, Edward Hibbert, Andrea Martin and Kath Soucie. Twenty-three 21 minute episodes. Colour. / An empty spacesuit ...

Around the World under the Sea

Film (1966). Ivan Tors Productions/MGM. Directed by Andrew Marton. Written by Arthur Weiss, Art Arthur. Cast includes Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Eaton and David McCallum. 120 minutes. Colour. / This routine Under-the-Sea melodrama was produced by Ivan Tors, best known for such marine television series as Flipper. After tidal waves, underwater experts use a futuristic submarine to plant a series of earthquake-warning devices along a fault that encircles the world. The characters, dialogue and ...

Ballard, S M

(?   -    ) US author, about whom nothing is known beyond his being credited with two volumes in the G I Joe series of Comics-based violent adventures (see below). [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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