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Ikeda Noriaki

(1955-    ) Japanese author and producer, sometimes operating under the working name Kenshō Ikeda, an alternate reading of the characters that spell his name. A graduate in Literature from Komazawa University, he first gained attention as a critic and chronicler of Japan's distinctive Tokusatsu genre, in which rubber monsters and super-sized heroes duel in the streets of a model Tokyo. His magazine column "SF Hero Retsuden" ["Biographies of SF Heroes"] (circa 1983-1984 ...

Fahrenheit 451

Film (1966). Anglo-Enterprise and Vineyard/Universal. Directed by François Truffaut. Written by Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, based on Fahrenheit 451 (February 1951 Galaxy as "The Fireman"; exp 1953) by Ray Bradbury. Cast includes Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring and Oscar Werner. 112 minutes. Colour. / Bradbury's angry parable is about a future Dystopia in which all books are banned. The hero (Werner) is a member of the Fire Brigade, whose function is not to put out ...

Hornaday, William T

(1854-1937) US naturalist and taxidermist – chief taxidermist with the Smithsonian Institution from 1882, and first director of the Bronx Zoo, beginning in 1896 – and author, in whose Lost Race tale, The Man Who Became A Savage; A Story of Our Times (1896), a jaded American flees to Borneo, where he discovers an unknown civilization of headhunters. [JC]

Burns, Jim

(1948-    ) Welsh illustrator, primarily of sf, born in Cardiff, with a diploma from St Martin's School of Art, London. From 1972 to 1979 his work was exclusively for UK publishers, notably Sphere Books, and he was not really known in the USA until publication of his illustrated book Planet Story (1979), with story by Harry Harrison. Since 1980 much of his book-cover work has been for US publishers, including Bantam Books, Ace Books, Berkley and Byron Preiss, including the ...

American Fantasy

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird fiction magazine. Publishers: Nancy and Robert Garcia. Editor: Robert Garcia (series one); Robert and Nancy Garcia (series two). Five issues, May 1982 to Winter 1988. Publication was roughly quarterly. / This well-produced Semiprozine had two incarnations, the first comprising two quarterly issues in 1982 with critical material on Fantasy and Horror fiction, with some coverage of Cinema. A long interview with Peter Straub appeared in #1 (February 1982). ...

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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