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Nagayama Yasuo

(1962-    ) Japanese dentist and historian, author of several dozen works on varied non-genre or Equipoisal subjects, including true crime, youth culture and modern parenting. Nagayama rose to prominence in the field of sf criticism in the early twenty-first century, as editor of several compilations of early Japanese genre work (including a collection of Jūza Unno's stories), histories of Futures Studies and Future War fiction from the late nineteenth and early ...

Clangers, The

UK animated tv series (1969-1970; 1971-1972; 1974). BBC/Smallfilms. Created, produced, written and narrated by Oliver Postgate (1925-2008). Sets and puppets by Peter Firmin (1928-2018). 27 nine-minute episodes (first series 1-13; second series 14-26; plus 1974 special). Colour. / Several generations still whistle and coo in memory of this stop-motion animated series, whose episodes were repeated over and over again in the early evening, at a time when both adults and children – not ...

Blue Submarine No. 6

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1998-2000). Original title Ao no Roku-gō. Based on the Manga by Satoru Ozawa. Gonzo. Directed by Mahiro Maeda. Written by Hiroshi Yamaguchi. Voice cast includes Hozumi Gōda, Showtaro Morikubo, Miki Nagasawa, Yukana Nogami and Takeshi Wakamatsu. Four 29- to 40-minute episodes. Colour. / Despairing of humanity's treatment of nature, Scientist Zorndyke (Wakamatsu) raises the sea-levels, killing a billion people (see Disaster). He prepares to ...

Ahern, Jerry

Working name of US author Jerome Morrell Ahern (1946-2012), most of whose output consisted of violent Weapons-oriented Post-Holocaust novels, most notably in his Survivalist sequence, in which ex-CIA agent John Rourke attempts to preserve his family after a global nuclear conflict. This is perhaps the most influential series in the subgenre of Survivalist Fiction. The first arc of the sequence begins with The Survivalist #1: Total War (1981) and ends with The Survivalist #17: The Ordeal (1988). ...

Bock, Dennis

(1964-    ) Canadian teacher and author, active from the late 1990s, most of whose work has been nonfantastic. His first novel, Going Home Again (2013), is an analysis of the consequences of World War Two through the interwoven stories of its three afflicted protagonists. He is of specific sf interest for The Good German (2020), an Alternate History tale whose Jonbar Point is the successful assassination of Hitler in 1939; it is not technically a Hitler Wins story, but ...

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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