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Kuroma Hisashi

Working name of Japanese translator Hiroshi Sakuma (1951-1993), who had a profound impact on the sf genre as it appears to modern Japanese readers. A graduate in Law from the prestigious Tokyo University, he became a commercials director for Dentsū before drifting into translation and occasional criticism initially under the pen-name Seiki Shirakawa. / Kuroma's translations clustered around a group of authors whose works were suffused with neologisms or complex concepts, including K W ...

Moore, Stuart

(?   -    ) UK author of two Ties to the Wargame Dark Future, Dark Future: American Meat (2005) and Dark Future: Reality Bites (2006). He also novelized the film John Carter (2012). The Zodiac Legacy trilogy with Stan Lee, opening with Convergence (2015) is Superhero fantasy for Young Adults, featuring Superpowers linked to the Supernatural Creatures of the Chinese zodiac. [JC]

Ultra Q

Japanese tv series (1965). Original title Urutora Kyū. Developed by Toshihiro Iijima (1932-2021). Tsuburaya Productions. Directors include Kôji Kajita, Samaji Nonagase and Hajime Tsuburaya. Writers include Toshihiro Iijima, Tetsuo Kinjô, Masahiro Yamada and Hiroyasu Yamaura. Cast includes Ureo Egawa, Kenji Sahara, Yasuhiko Saijou and Hiroko Sakurai. 28 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / The series centres on three investigators of the mysterious (though they are absent ...

Lewis, D B Wyndham

(1891-1969) UK journalist, anthologist and author; his first given name, Llewellyn, was changed to Dominic in 1921, apparently to mark his conversion to Catholicism (there seems to be no record of his having earlier been known as Leg Before Wicket Lewis). In active service for almost the whole of World War One, he became active as a writer only in 1919, when he took over the fledgling By the Way column in the London Daily Express under the House Name Beachcomber, passing the column and the name ...

Carter, Carmen

(1954-    ) US author who has been primarily associated with Star Trek, writing one solo tie for Star Trek itself, Dreams of the Raven (1987), and three for Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Children of Hamelin (1988), with Michael Jan Friedman, Peter David and Robert Greenberger, Doomsday World (1990) and Devil's Heart (1993). Earlier she published a short fantasy fable, The Shy Beast (1984 chap). [JC]

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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