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Japanese animated tv series (2011). White Fox. Based on the 2009 Visual Novel / Videogame developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. Directors include Tomoki Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Ozawa and Kanji Wakabayashi. Written by Jukki Hanada, Toshizo Nemoto and Masahiro Yokotani. Voice cast includes Saori Gotō, Kana Hanazawa, Asami Imai, Mamoru Miyano, Tomokazu Seki and Yukari Tamura. 24 24-minute episodes, plus one OVA. Colour. / Self-proclaimed Mad Scientist Rintarou Okabe (Miyano), with his child-like ...

Macken, John

(?   -    ) UK scientist and author whose Reuben Maitland sequence of Technothrillers, beginning with Dirty Little Lies (2007), focuses on a UK police forensic unit called Genecrime; volume three of the sequence, Breaking Point (2009), is set in the Near Future. [JC]

Brood, The

Film (1979). Mutual Productions/Elgin International. Written and directed David Cronenberg. Cast includes Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Cindy Hinds and Oliver Reed. 91 minutes. Colour. / In this Canadian film, the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics's pop psychologist Raglan (Reed), author of The Shape of Rage, is regarded with suspicion by Carveth (Hindle), whose wife Nola (Eggar) is a patient there. Gathering evidence against Raglan, Carveth finds dreadful physical changes taking place in ...

Taber, Deb

(?   -    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "How to Raise a Human" in Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest for Fall 2006, which evokes Horror in SF. Her first novel, Necessary Ill (2013), depicts a morally ambiguous Near Future America where problems of Overpopulation and the exhaustion of planetary resources (see Climate Change; Ecology) are handled by the judicious use of a designer plague, becoming a Pandemic. This ...

Hinton, Craig

(1964-2006) UK scriptwriter and author, of most interest for his work on various parts of the Doctor Who universe; he was a noted fan writer of reviews and other work connected to that universe. His Doctor Who Ties include Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: The Crystal Bucephalus (1994), Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: Millennial Rites (1995), Doctor Who: The New Adventures: GodEngine (1996), Doctor Who: The Quantum Archangel (2001) and Doctor Who: Synthespians (2004). [JC]

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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