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Land of the Lustrous

Japanese animated tv series (2017); original title Houseki no Kuni. Orange. Based on the Manga by Haruko Ichikawa. Directed by Takahiko Kyogoku. Written by Toshiya Oono. Voice cast includes Tomoyo Kurosawa, Jôji Nakata and Chiwa Saitô. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / On an ocean planet with seven moons, there is only one small landmass on which live 28 immortal humanoid Gems. With their teacher, Kongou-Sensei ...

Potts, F E

(?   -    ) US pilot and author of PDU-1: A Novella of the Remote Future (2000) in which an encoded entity (see AI) in Cyberspace describes her adventures as an embodied human figure: which may be a digital configuration, or something more. [JC]

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Videogame (1999). Firaxis Games (FG). Designed by Brian Reynolds, Sid Meier. Platforms: Win (1999); Mac (2000); Lin (2001). / Alpha Centauri is a 4X Game based on an attempt to colonize the eponymous solar system. It is much influenced by the designers' Civilization series of historical games, particularly Sid Meier's Civilization II (1996 ...

Spurrell, H G F

(1877-1918) UK biologist, physician and author, in active service during World War One in the Royal Medical Corps until his death just before the Armistice. He is of some sf interest for Out of the Past (coll 1903), which contains two Prehistoric SF novellas plus a similar short tale, each set in a different Asian civilization prior to the founding of China; these stories are made available to the modern world ...

Wright, W George

(?   -?   ) UK author of fiction for boys, who also wrote as by Howard Grant and Paul Quinton. In The School in the Air: A Splendid Long Complete Story of Schoolboy Fun & Adventure All Over the World (28 October 1922-6 January 1923 Pluck; 1924 chap) and Wings of Adventure: An Exciting Yarn of Schoolboy Travel & Adventure on an Air Trip to Africa (13 January-14 April 1923 Pluck; 1926 chap), both as by Paul Quinton, a ...

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 consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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