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Chong, Vincent

(1981-    ) UK illustrator known primarily for his striking illustration of urban Fantasy, dark Fantasy and horror subjects, but who has also illustrated sf – for example, John Scalzi's FTL starship-set novella The God Engines (2009). Chong received his formal art education at Manchester Metropolitan University and at Northumbria University, emerging from the latter with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. His first genre commission was to illustrate Joe Hill's "You Will ...


Japanese animated OVA (2000-2001). Gainax / Production I.G / Star Child Recording. Producers: Masatoshi Nishizawa, Hiroki Sato and Masanobu Sato. Writers: Yoji Enokido and Kazuya Tsurumaki. Directors include Kazuya Tsurumaki. Voice cast includes Izumi Kasagi, Jun Mizuki and Mayumi Shintani. Six episodes of approximately 25 minutes. Colour. / Twelve year old Naota Nandaba (Mizuki) lives in the town of Mabase, whose skyline is dominated by the giant Medical Mechanica factory, shaped like a ...

Out There

US tv series (1951-1952). CBS TV. Created by Donald Davis. Produced by John Hargott. Directors included Andrew McCullough, Byron Paul. Writers included Graham Doar, Howard Rodman, Reginald Rose. 12 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This short-lived anthology programme was one of the first adult-oriented science fiction series on US Television, appearing in the same year as the much better known Tales of Tomorrow (1951-1953). The programme featured a number of stories from well-known sf ...

Sebold, Gaie

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Fire by Night" in Legends for October 2002. Most of her work has been fantasy, including the Babylon Steel sequence beginning with Babylon Steel (2011) whose protagonist, who runs a brothel in the City of Scalentine, finds herself involved in noirish efforts to keep its fragile government afloat. The Eveline Duchen Adventures sequence, comprising Shanghai Sparrow (2014) and Sparrow ...

Morley, Christopher

(1890-1957) US author and man of letters, brother of Felix Morley, who remains best known for mildly fantasticated (but not fantasy) tales like Parnassus on Wheels (1917) and The Haunted Bookshop (1919), and for Kitty Foyle (1939), a sentimental romance. He was a founding member of the Book-of-the-Month club, serving as a selector from 1928 to 1956; and co-founded the Baker Street Irregulars in 1934 (see Arthur Conan Doyle). Where the Blue Begins (1922), a Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of ...

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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