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Cady, Jack

(1932-2004) US author, almost exclusively of fantasy and horror, although one novel, The Man Who Could Make Things Vanish (1982), is a genuine sf Dystopia set in a very bleakly conceived Near-Future right-wing USA; The Sons of Noah & Other Stories (coll 1992), containing fantasies, won a World Fantasy Award for best collection, and "The Night We Buried Road Dog" (January 1993 F&SF) won both a Nebula Award and a (tied) Bram Stoker Award for best novella. [JC]

Bubble E Go! Time Machine Wa Drum-Shiki

["To the Bubble! The Time Machine Is a Washing Machine"] Film (2007 Japan; vt Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust). Aries, Hoichoi, Tōhō. Directed by Yasuo Baba. Written by Ryōichi Kimizuka. Cast includes Hiroshi Abe, Ryōko Hirosue and Hiroko Yakushimaru. 116 minutes. Colour. / With the yen on the verge of collapse (see Money), the Japanese government identifies the root of its troubles as a piece of fictional legislation in 1990 that legalized the wider use of real estate as ...

Greenleaf, William

(1948-    ) US author, not to be confused with the William Greenleaf (1917-1975) whose works are in the field of economics; Greenleaf began publishing sf with his first novel, Timejumper (1980), an adventure incorporating an unusually subtle presentation of the rite of passage – the empowering journey of the protagonist towards a culture-redeeming Conceptual Breakthrough – central to the sf genre. His further novels share a common galactic background, though it ...

Fisher, Lou

Working name of US technical author and author Louis Fisher (1940-    ) who, during a twenty-year career writing IBM computer manuals, began publishing sf with "Triggerman" for Galaxy in September 1973. His first novel, Sunstop 8 (1978), is a Space Opera; his second, The Blue Ice Pilot (1986) as Lou Fisher, features a space war made possible by developments in Cryonics. [JC]

Meet the Robinsons

Animated film (2007). Walt Disney Animation Studios (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Steve Anderson. Written by Jon Bernstein, Michelle Spitz and Don Hall & Nathan Greno, Aurian Redson, Joe Mateo and Anderson. Cast includes Jordan Fry and Wesley Singerman. 91 minutes. Colour. / Lewis (Fry) is a twelve-year-old orphan whose catastrophic Inventions scare off prospective adoptive parents, leading to knockabout comedy in which the hapless young inventor ultimately triumphs over ...

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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