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Japanese animated tv series (1998). Original title Toraigan. Based on the Manga by Yasuhiro Nightow. Madhouse. Directed by Satoshi Nishimura. Written by Yōsuke Kuroda. Voice cast includes Tohru Furusawa, Sho Hayami, Aya Hisakawa, Masaya Onosaka, Hiromi Tsuru and Satsuki Yukino. 26 25-minute episodes. Colour. / With red trenchcoat, shaving-brush hair, Lennon glasses and the motto "Love and Peace", Vash the Stampede (Onosaka) leaves a trail of devastation in his wake, and carries a ...

Davies, Hugh Sykes

(1909-1984) UK critical theorist, surrealist, Communist (until 1956), poet (in the Apocalyptic movement founded by Henry Treece), and author whose surrealist book-length Petron: A Prose Poem (1935) is, at least retroactively, of some value to sf writers and readers as an early model for contemporary attempts at the rendering of Inner Space. The Papers of Andrew Melmoth (1960) is an interesting story about the Evolution of Intelligence in rats, quite different, in its quiet literary tone, from ...

Bray, John Francis

(1809-1897) US author, in the UK 1822-1842; he published several economic tracts, some of them radical, like his first, Labour's Wrongs and Labour's Remedy (1839). Of sf interest is A Voyage from Utopia to Several Unknown Regions of the World: by Yarbfg: Translated from the American (written 1841-1842; 1957), which anticipated William Dean Howells's technique of presenting the views of a visitor from the Utopia, which is located in an unknown Archipelago. The narrator visits various civilized ...

Longueville, Peter

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of The Hermit: Or, the ­Unparalled [sic] Sufferings and Surprising Adventures of Mr. Philip Quarll, an Englishman: Who was lately discovered by Mr. Dorrington a Bristol Merchant [for full title see Checklist below] (1727), a Satire on Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1719). Though he creates a mercantile ecology for himself (see Robinsonade), Quarll ...


Japanese animated tv series (1973-1974). Original title Shinzō Ningen Kyashān; vt Neo Human Casshern; vt Casshern. Tatsunoko Productions. Created by Tatsuo Yoshida. Directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa. Writers include Tadashi Fukui, Akiyoshi Sakai and Jinzo Toriumi. Voice cast includes Ikuo Nishikawa, Emiko Tsukada, Kenji Utsumi and Masato Yamanouchi. 35 25-minute episodes. / A cliff-top castle is lit by lightning, imagery doubtless intended to evoke thoughts of the Frankenstein Monster, ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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