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Otherside Picnic

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Based on the Light Novels by Iori Miyazawa (illustrated by shirakaba). Liden Films, Felix Film. Directed by Takuya Satō. Written by Takuya Satō. Voice cast includes Yumiri Hanamori, Rina Hidaka, Ai Kayano and Miyu Tomita. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / As the title suggests, this work is influenced by Arkady and Boris Strugatski's Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977). / Toriko Nishina (Kayano) is searching the Otherside, a Parallel World ...

Moore, Ward

(1903-1978) US author, married to Raylyn Moore from 1965 until his death; initially as well known for his works outside the sf field as for those within. Breathe the Air Again (1942) is a picaresque Satire, told from a leftwing workingman's viewpoint rarely expressed in America; and Cloud by Day (1957) comes close to Prediction in its depiction of a savage wildfire that devastates a town in California. Although he contributed only infrequently to the field, each of his books became something of ...

Richardson, Warren

(?   -?   ) US author whose occult romance, Dr Zell and the Princess Charlotte [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1892), incorporates some sf-like devices (see Fantastika), including references to the cosmological speculations of Theosophy, and Identity Exchange. [JC]

Mantel, Hilary

(1952-    ) UK author, best known for the nonfantastic Wolf Hall sequence of novels beginning with Wolf Hall (2009), which deals with the career of Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540) (see Sir Thomas More). Some of her work is of more direct interest. The Mysterious Stranger who gives his name to Fludd (1989), which is set in a small town in the England of 1956, may be the Devil, though the supernatural occurrences which attend his visit lead not only to distress but, for some, a ...

Tilley, Patrick

(1928-2020) UK author who initially studied art at the University of Durham and worked as a graphic designer 1955-1968, then as a film scriptwriter. His first sf novel, Fade-Out (1975; exp 1977), after the fashion of borderline works like Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, concentrates long-windedly on the workings of government and military in a Technothriller context, in this instance displaced sf-wards by the fact that the action ...

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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