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Release the Spyce

Japanese animated tv series (2018). Lay-duce. Created by Sorasaki F, Takahiro and Namori. Directed by Akira Sato. Written by Aoi Akashiro and Takahiro. Voice cast includes Yukari Anzai, Akane Fujita, Shizuka Ito, Yuri Noguchi, Manami Numakura, Aya Suzaki, Risa Taneda and Aya Uchida. Twelve 25-minute episodes. Colour. / The Tsukikage crime fighting team comprises six ninja schoolgirls whose enhanced skills come from a Drug called Spyce, which only works – in an Anime-obliging example ...

Weber, David

(1952-    ) US author of several sf series, usually set in Space Opera arenas, and frequently adhered to the typically contrarian storylines and implied Politics of Military SF. Two sequences stand out (for full details, including omnis, see Checklist below). The Starfire series is based on the Wargame Starfire (1979), in whose development he was involved and for which he wrote the supplement Starfire III: Empires (1982 TFG). His contributions, all in collaboration with ...

Superpowers

This thematic term is chiefly associated with Comics, but the concept is widespread in general sf. Numerous Superheroes are effectively defined by their superpowers and, very often, corresponding weaknesses. Superman, a major twentieth-century archetype, has a large (though varying with character rewrites) assortment of special powers supposedly resulting from his Alien origin, the lesser Gravity of Earth compared to his homeworld Krypton, and the differing radiation of our Sun: the usual ...

SF Movieland

Letter-size saddle-stapled US Cinema magazine, published on a mix of glossy and newsprint-quality paper by New Media Publications. Editor: James Van Hise. Ten issues, 1983 to 1988. / This publication began life as Van Hise's Enterprise Incidents, a high-quality Fanzine dealing almost entirely with Star Trek (1966-1969). New Media Publications purchased the publication in 1982 with #10, at which point it became a Prozine; a title change to SF Movieland followed in 1985. Under New Media the ...

Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy

Founded in 1970 by Toronto Public Library in Canada, to house a major donation by sf author and anthologist Judith Merril and substantially added to since, mostly during the long successful tenure from 1986 to 2017 of Lorna Toolis as its head; known as the Spaced Out Library until 1 January 1991, and housed from September 1995 in a Special Collections building at 239 College Street in central Toronto, which also holds the Osborne Collection of children's literature. With nearly 100,000 ...

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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