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Little Witch Academia

Japanese animated tv series (2017). Trigger. Created and Directed by Yoh Yoshinari. Written by Michiru Shimada. Voice cast includes Megumi Han, Noriko Hidaka, Yōko Hikasa, Shōzō Iizuka, Rie Murakawa, Michiyo Murase, Fumiko Orikasa and Junko Takeuchi. 25 24-minute episodes. Colour. / This Television series was preceded by two short films: Little Witch Academia (2013) and Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (2015), both directed by Yoshinari, the former written by ...

MacLeod, Ken

(1954-    ) Scottish author who began publishing work of genre interest with The Star Fraction (1995). This was the first novel in the four-volume Fall Revolution sequence, which also included The Stone Canal (1996), The Cassini Division (1998), and The Sky Road (1999). Together, these books comprise one of the fullest and most thoughtful stagings of political (see Politics) debates in sf. Although MacLeod is avowedly socialist, he is also visibly sympathetic to other points ...


Anglo-French band, formed by Tim Gane (1964-    ) and Lætitia Sadier (1968-    ). Stereolab's eclectic, synthetic sound comprises indie guitar, electronica, krautrock and world music, and their fascination with sf has been enduring, although in a playful rather than consistently engaged manner. An early EP was called Space Age Bachelor Pad Music (1993) and their second major label album release was Mars Audiac Quintet (1994) (although "The Stars Our ...

Chafe, Paul

(1965-    ) Canadian author and army reserve officer who began to publish work of genre interest with "Prisoner of War" in Man-Kzin Wars VII (anth 1995) edited by Larry Niven; he went on to produce the first full-length novel in the Man-Kzin Wars Shared World sequence, Destiny's Forge (2006). Mission Critical: Death of the Phoenix (1996) is a Tie to the Videogame Mission Critical (1995) designed by Mike Verdu, and forms a sequel to the game's interstellar action, also ...

Swenson, Patrick

(1958-    ) US editor, publisher and author, founder of Fairwood Press in 2000, which he continues to run and for which he designed many covers. Somewhat earlier in 1995 he founded and edited the magazine Talebones, which latterly operated through Fairwood. Swenson began to publish work of genre interest with "The Siren" in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine for April 1990. His Ultra sequence of interstellar Space Opera adventures, comprising The Ultra Thin Man (2014), ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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