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Angel's Egg

Japanese Original Video Animation film (1985); original title Tenshi no Tamago. Studio Deen. Created by Yoshitaka Amano and Mamoru Oshii. Directed and written by Mamoru Oshii. Voice cast: Mako Hyōdō and Jinpachi Nezu. 71 minutes. Colour. / A young man (Nezu) watches a vast eye-like sphere, adorned in praying statues, descend into the sea. Meanwhile a girl (Hyōdō), carrying a large egg under her dress, travels through a bleak megalith-strewn landscape to enter a derelict ...

Palumbo, David

(1982-    ) American artist, son of artist Julie Bell and sf scholar Donald E Palumbo, and brother of artist Anthony Palumbo. He received formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 2000 to 2004 and was informally mentored by his mother and his stepfather Boris Vallejo. He then became active in a number of areas, including exhibitions of his fine art, advertising, gaming art, and Comics, earning special recognition for his regular contributions to Heavy ...

Rea, J M

(?   -    ) UK author of Once Upon a UFO (Out of the Blue) (1993), an sf novel featuring Aliens, UFOs, a Time-stasis engine, and more. [JC]

Edelstein, Scott

(1954-    ) US editor, poet and author, active almost exclusively in the 1970s, who began to publish work of genre interest with "An Unpleasant End" in New Worlds 6: The Science Fiction Quarterly (anth 1973; vt New Worlds #5 1974) edited by Michael Moorcock and Charles Platt. He has published no novels. His one Anthology, Future Pastimes (anth 1977), is substantial, including takes on the speculative nature of Games and Sports from a wide range of authors, including original ...

Cogswell, Theodore R

(1918-1987) US author and academic, who claimed to have been a teenaged ambulance driver on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. He began publishing sf in June 1952 with what proved to be one of his most successful stories, "The Specter General" for Astounding. In this long, amusing tale – much in the vein Keith Laumer was later to make his own – a long-forgotten maintenance division of the Galactic Protectorate reinvigorates a decadent Space Navy. "The Wall around the ...

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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