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Tezuka Osamu

(1928-1989) The premier artist in the world of Japanese Manga (Comics) and animation, in both of which he established a standard. He began contributing serial comic strips to a regional newspaper in 1946 while in junior college. He became a leader in Japanese comics with Shin Takarajima ["The New Treasure Island"] (1947). An early manga trilogy of note comprises Lost World (1948), Metropolis (1949), and Nextworld (1951). The first concerns the exploration of a Dinosaur-inhabited planet formed ...

Stanton, Will

(1918-1996) US humorous author for various Slicks including The New Yorker, Readers Digest and Saturday Evening Post. His contributions to SF Magazines began with "Barney" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1951 and remained with that magazine exclusively. He was active for twelve years, his eleven stories being witty and well-told variants on familiar sf themes; more than half were anthologized. [JC/PN/DRL]

THX 1138

Film (1971). American Zoetrope/Warner Bros. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas, Walter Murch, from a story by Lucas. Cast includes Robert Duvall, Maggie McOmie and Donald Pleasence. 88 minutes, restored to 95 minutes. Colour. / A subterranean future society is governed repressively by Computers and bland human technocrats who keep the population under control with Drugs. Everyone wears white clothing, heads are shaven, and sexual intercourse is forbidden (breeding is by artificial ...

Heroes [tv]

US tv series (2006-2010). Tailwind Productions for NBC. Created by Tim Kring. Producers include Kring, Jesse Alexander, Jeph Loeb, Dennis Hammer, Adam Armus, James Chory, and Nora Kay Foster. Writers include Kring, Alexander, Loeb, Armus, Foster, Bryan Fuller, Aron Eli Coleite, and Joe Pokaski. Directors include Allan Arkush, Greg Beeman, Jeannot Szwarc, and Adam Kane. Cast includes Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli, Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli, Christine Rose as Angela Petrelli, Sendhil ...

Martin-Fehr, John

Working name of German teacher and author Martin Fehr (1905-1978), in the UK from about 1933; his sf novel, The End of His Tether (1972), depicts a Post-Holocaust world soon after a nuclear World War Three has infected the land with numerous diseases and mutations (see Mutants). Eventually representatives of a "new race" – a putative world-order based on strict Eugenics – arrives from Australia, giving some ambivalent hope for the future. [JC]

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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