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Holmes, F Ratcliffe

Working name of Frederick William Ratcliffe-Holmes (circa 1878-1952) UK naturalist, film-producer and author whose The Secret People: Adventure in Africa (1928) is a Lost Race tale set in Africa, where an Ancient Egyptian civilization is discovered by the Young Adult protagonists. [JC]

Manibo, Victor

(?   -    ) Filipino lawyer and author, now in US, whose Near Future first novel, The Sleepless (2022), ascribes the eponymous affliction (or benefit) affecting billions of the world's population to a Pandemic. In an America thus affected, lives continue; the protagonist of the tale, an investigative reporter immersed in the Media Landscape, must ...

Mechte Navstrechu

["Meeting a Dream Halfway"] Film (1963; vt A Dream Come True; vt Encounter in Space). Odessa Studios. Directed by Mikhail Karzhukov and Otar Koberidze. Written by Mikhail Karzhukov and Otar Koberidze, based on a draft screenplay by A Berdnik and Ivan Bondin. Cast includes Boris Borisenko, A Genesin, Larisa Gordeichik, Peeter Kard, Otar Koberidze, T Pochepa, Nikolai Timofeyev and Nikolai Volkov. 64 minutes. Colour. / On a Utopian future Earth, ...

X [tv]

Japanese animated tv series (2001-2002; vt X/1999). Madhouse. Based on the Manga by CLAMP. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Written by Yuki Enatsu. Voice cast includes Aya Hisakawa, Motoko Kumai, Houko Kuwashima, Mitsuaki Madono, Mamiko Noto, Junichi Suwabe and Kenichi Suzumura. 24 24-minute episode plus one OVA. Colour. / Tokyo, 1999: a final confrontation is imminent between two groups of ...

Buckner, M M

(?   -    ) US author and environmental activist (she has done work for the World Wildlife Fund) whose first three sf novels are set on an exceedingly grim but realistic planet Earth, though her excessively intricate plotting tends to divert attention from the harshness of the Near Future/moderately distant future she posits. HyperThought (2001) and War Surf (2005) – the latter won 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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