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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 ...

Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun

Tv documentary film (1993). Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education. Directed by Rob Mikuriya. Written by Stephen R Heard, Rob Mikuriya, Roger Scott Olsen, and Willie Reale. Cast includes Cathy Bates, Christine Cousins, Joseph Cousins, Raymond Cruz, Jaime Escalante, Rodney A Grant, Jackée Harry, Esai Morales, Pat Morita, Vincent Schiavelli, James Stephens III, Jeffrey Tamblor, Billy Bob Thornton, Sheila Tousey, Jesse Ventura and "Weird Al" Yankovic. 58 minutes. Colour. / ...

Messingham, Simon

(?   -    ) UK stage performer and author, in the latter capacity solely of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Strange England (1994), his work tending to explore the nature of Doctor Who in his various incarnations. [JC]

Lost Thing, The

Australian short animated film (2010). Passion Pictures. Based on the short Graphic Novel by Shaun Tan. Directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan. Written by Shaun Tan. Narrated by Tim Minchin. 16 minutes. Colour. / Whilst collecting bottle-tops on his local beach, young adult Shaun finds a strange creature ignored by everyone else. It is the size of a small house, with tentacles and two mantis-like arms, clad in a red metal shell; Shaun considers it a lost thing. It proves friendly, so he ...

Hager, Mandy

Working name of New Zealand teacher and author Amanda Hager (1960-    ), most of whose early work – like her first novel, Run For The Trees (1999) – was nonfantastic. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Blood of the Lamb sequence, comprising The Crossing (2009), Into the Wilderness (2010) and Resurrection (2011), a Ruined Earth tale set initially on an isolated Island in the Pacific, where a racist Dystopia (see Race in SF) has been established by white "Apostles", ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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