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Germany since 1990

This entry describes the state of sf in Germany from the year 1990 onward. At present there are separate entries in this encyclopedia for Germany before 1990 (including East Germany) and Austria. These are to be restructured in the near future and joined by a more extensive entry on sf in {East Germany}. / Science fiction in the post-reunification Germany is still dominated by translations of the works of American and British authors. As a publisher, the paperback line of publisher Heyne ...

Ascendance of a Bookworm

Japanese animated tv series (2019-current). Original title vt Honzuki no Gekokujō. Based on the Light Novel by Miya Kazuki. Ajia-do Animation Works. Directed by Mitsuru Hongo. Written by Mariko Kunisawa. Voice cast includes Show Hayami, Yuka Iguchi and Aya Uchida. 26 24-minute episodes (and two OVAs). Colour. / A Head Priest (Hyami) uses matching circlets to view a puzzling young child's past. We next see that child, Myne (Iguchi), on the verge of death: she recovers yet seems ...

Garfield, Richard

(1963-    ) US Game designer with a PhD in combinatorial mathematics, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1998. Garfield is perhaps the epitome of game designer as celebrity mathematician. He is famous primarily for having invented the modern Collectible Card Game in 1993 with the release of his first published game, Magic: The Gathering (see Card Games), a remarkably complex piece of design with excellently crafted gameplay which ...

Eldridge, E D

(?   -?   ) US author of A Voyage in the Motive Ship Pelican to the North Pole, Captain Solomon, Commander (1908), in which the Airship Pelican flies to the North Pole, where in a clement enclave at least one Utopian City is discovered; the long-lived inhabitants, both black and white, enjoy advanced Technology and other benefits. [JC]

Johnson, Kij

(1960-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Roadkill" in Tales of the Unanticipated for Winter/Spring 1988, and who is perhaps best known for her impressive first solo novel, The Fox Woman (2000), a fantasy set in a vision of archaic Japan whose protagonist more closely resembles a figure out of fable bound by destiny than a Talking Animal [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Her sf to date is of less interest, though her Tie 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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