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Rōjin Z

Animated film (1991 Japan; vt Roujin Z, 1994 UK). Movic, Sony Music Entertainment, The Television, Tokyo Theatres, TV Asahi. Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. Written by Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Cast includes Shinsuke Chikaishi, Hikojirō Matsumura, Shinji Ogawa and Chisa Yokoyama. 80 minutes. Colour. / Amid the high expectations engendered by the success of Akira (1988), Katsuhiro Ōtomo restricted ...

Ertz, Susan

(1887-1985) UK author of popular novels, very probably pseudonymous, active for much of the century and perhaps now most famous for one quote from her novel Anger in the Sky (1943): "Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon." Her sf novel, Woman Alive (1935), borrows wholesale from John Buchan's The Gap in the Curtain (1932), sharing the opening premise in which ...

Tank Girl: The Movie

Film (1995). United Artists Pictures presents a Trilogy Entertainment Group production. Directed by Rachel Talalay. Written by Tedi Sarafian, based on the Comic strip Tank Girl (1988-1995) in Deadline magazine, created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin and originally drawn by Hewlett. Cast includes Ann Magnuson, Malcolm McDowell, Lori Petty, Iggy Pop, Stacy Linn Ramsower, Ice-T and Naomi Watts. 104 minutes. Colour. / A tank-riding female ...

Nicolson, Marjorie Hope

(1894-1981) US scholar and academic, in the latter role at Smith College from 1929 to 1941, and at Columbia University from 1941 until 1962. Some of her work – like Newton Demands the Muse: Newton's Opticks and the Eighteenth Century Poets (1946) – is indirectly useful to students of Proto SF. Of direct interest in the study of early works in the field are two books focusing on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ), whose surname might plausibly be Marden, of John Sagur (1921), a Utopia in which the eponymous inventor of a new Power Source becomes dictator of the world and brings peace. [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. ...

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