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Humanity Has Declined

Japanese animated tv series (2012). Original title Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita. Based on the Light Novel by Romeo Tanaka. AIC A.S.T.A. Written by Makoto Uezu. Directed by Seiji Kishi. Voice cast includes Nobuyuki Hiyama, Nana Mizuki, Mai Nakahara and Miyuki Sawashiro. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Though remnant populations of humanity survive in scattered rural communities and some infrastructure still exists, Entropy is winning: the last school has recently closed. But another ...

F.P.1 Doesn't Answer

Film (1932; vt Secrets of F.P.1 UK; vt Where the Lighthouse Shines Across the Bay Australia). UFA. Technical credits as for F.P.1 Antwortet Nicht, but starring Conrad Veidt, Jill Esmond and Leslie Fenton. 90 minutes. Black and white. / This is the shorter English-language version of the German film, and was shot at the same time. The acting is better than in the German version. [PN] links / Internet Movie Database

Goodman, Allegra

(1967-    ) US author, most of whose fiction has been nonfantastic, beginning with her first novel, Kaaterskill Falls (1998). She is of sf interest for The Other Side of the Island (2008), a distant Near Future Dystopian tale set in a kind of Ruined Earth: the planet is now virtually covered by the rising waters caused by Climate Change, leaving only a farflung Archipelago of loosely connected Islands. Much of the action takes place on Island 365, where the young ...

Kenyon, Ernest M

(1920-1980) US author who began to publish sf with "Security" for Astounding in October 1955, but did not actively pursue a career in the genre. Rogue Golem (1977) is an sf adventure about an Android who, in a highly regimented Near Future, by suspecting his nature violates his programming. [JC]

Arlen, Michael

(1895-1956) UK-Bulgarian-Armenian author, born Dikran Kouyoumdjian, in the UK from 1901, not allowed to enlist in World War One because of his confused national status; naturalized in 1922 under the name Michael Arlen (which he then took by deed poll). Initially as Dikran Kouyoumdjian, he was active from 1916, writing as Arlen from about 1920. He is mainly remembered for The Green Hat: A Romance for a Few People (1924) and other novels of fashionable London life. His supernatural fiction is to ...

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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