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Wainscot Societies

In The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, the term "wainscots" [see links below] denotes the common Fantasy trope of people or societies who live in the margins of a dominant civilization or the literal wainscots of its buildings. The classic fantasy example is The Borrowers (1952) by Mary Norton (1903-1992), televised as The Borrowers (1992 six episodes) and filmed as ...

Steins;Gate

Japanese animated tv series (2011). White Fox. Based on the 2009 Visual Novel / Videogame developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. Directors include Tomoki Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Ozawa and Kanji Wakabayashi. Written by Jukki Hanada, Toshizo Nemoto and Masahiro Yokotani. Voice cast includes Saori Gotō, Kana Hanazawa, Asami Imai, Mamoru Miyano, Tomokazu Seki and Yukari Tamura. 24 24-minute episodes, plus one ...

Takami Kōshun

Working name of Hiroharu Takami (1969-    ) a Japanese author whose sole work to date has been much refashioned and adapted across several media. A graduate of Osaka University's Literature department, where he specialized in the aesthetics of fine arts, Takami worked for several years as a journalist for the provincial newspaper Shikoku Shinbun. His debut novel, the Satire Battle Royale (1999) was ...

Skyworlds

US Digest-size reprint magazine, subtitled "Classics in Science Fiction" on #1, thereafter "Marvels in Science Fiction". Four issues November 1977 to August 1978, published by Humorama Inc, New York, one of the imprints managed by Abraham Goodman primarily for pin-up magazines; edited by Jeff Stevens (uncredited). Skyworlds reprinted mostly from Marvel Science Stories of 1950-1952, material badly dated by the 1970s ...

Gilliam, Richard

(?   -    ) US author and editor who began to publish work of genre interest with "Caroline and Caleb" in Confederacy of the Dead (anth 1993), which he edited in collaboration with Martin H Greenberg and Edward E Kramer. Many further anthologies followed, mostly with Greenberg and often a third collaborator. Exceptions not involving Greenberg are ...

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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