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Japanese animated tv series (2017). Madhouse Productions. Director: Shingo Natsume. Writers: Natsume Ono and Tomohiro Suzuki. Voice cast includes Mamoru Miyano, Hiro Shimono, Atsuko Tanaka and Kōji Yusa. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Based on the Manga AKKA: Jūsan-ku Kansatsu-ka ["ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept"] by Natsume Ono, this Anime is set in the Kingdom of Dowa, a bird-shaped continent comprising thirteen states managed by the local offices of a centralized ...

Rothman, Tony

(1953-    ) US physicist and author – son of Milton A Rothman – whose sf novel, The World Is Round (1978), though suffering from excessive length and a confusingly overcomplicated story, creates a Big-Planet venue (see Jack Vance) of some interest, in particular through his descriptions of the long year or Great Year (each day is 750 Earth days long) the tale's protagonists must adjust to. He has also written some books popularizing physics, and several of the ...

Wessex, Martyn

Pseudonym of UK author P F Little (?   -    ) for two sf novels written for Robert Hale Limited: The Slowing Down Process (1974), in which a space capsule returns to Earth with a dead astronaut and the seeds of a lethal Pandemic; and Chain Reaction (1976), where human fertility is endangered by the effects of a new Drug. [JC/DRL]

Wilson, Granville

(1912-2001) UK journalist and author, who should not be confused with the non-writer Leslie Granville Eyre Wilson (1912-2008). He is the author of three sf novels: Murder Goes Underground (1949), featuring a Death Ray, housed in an atomic car, which destroys other cars; plus two Young Adult tales, War of the Computers (1981), about troubles in Dystopia, and The Terror Cubes (1982 chap), which features renegade Robots which threaten an otherwise peaceable Near Future UK. [JC]

Day of the Animals, The

Film (1977; vt Something Is Out There). Film Ventures International. Produced by Edward L Montoro. Directed by William Girdler. Written by William W Norton, Eleanor E Norton, and Edward L Montoro. Cast includes Michael Ansara (Daniel Santee), Christopher George, Lynda Day George and Leslie Nielsen. 97 minutes, cut to 95 minutes. Colour. / An increase in radiation reaching earth from the Sun due to ozone depletion makes all wildlife above five thousand feet go into a berserk killing frenzy. ...

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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