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Ogino Makoto

(1959-2019) Japanese comics creator whose chief work, a series of interconnected tales stemming from his first professional sale, dominated his entire career, spiralling into an ungainly collection of sometimes contradictory works with major discrepancies in tone. Kujaku-Ō ["Peacock King"] (1985-1989 Young Jump) features a youthful Buddhist priest, given to indulgences in sins of the flesh, but gifted with demon-hunting powers through being the ...

Young, Louisa

(1960-    ) UK author, who has written as by Zizou Corder with her daughter Isabel Adamakoh Young; partner from 2016 of Michel Faber. Most of her fiction has been nonfantastic, though the Lionboy sequence for relatively young readers, beginning with Lionboy (2003) with Isabel Adamakoh Young as by Zizou Corder, is of some sf interest. The tale is Equipoisally set partially in a ...

Kahler, Jack

(?   -    ) US author of a soft-porn sf novel (see Sex), Latex Lady (1964; vt Rubber Dolly 1966), about an Android sex toy. [JC]


The term "android", which means "manlike", was initially used of Automata, and the form "androides" first appeared in English in 1727 in reference to supposed attempts by the alchemist Albertus Magnus (circa 1200-1280) to create an artificial man; but something like androids long precede their being called androids. Treating Caliban as android-like may over-egg Prospero's Godgame control over his creatures in William ...

Hauru no Ugoku Shiro

Japanese animated film (2004; vt Howl's Moving Castle). Studio Ghibli. Based on the novel Howl's Moving Castle (1986) by Diana Wynne Jones. Directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Voice cast includes Chieko Baisho, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryūnosuke Kamiki, Takuya Kimura and Akihiro Miwa. 119 minutes. Colour. / When staid young hatmaker Sophie (Baisho) meets the ...

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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