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Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The

Japanese animated tv series (2006-2009); original title Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu. Based on the Light Novel by Nagaru Tanigawa. Kyoto Animation. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara. Writers include Noizi Ito and Nagaru Tanigawa. Voice cast includes Minori Chihara, Yūko Gotō, Aya Hirano, Daisuke Ono and Tomokazu Sugita. 28 24-minute episodes. Colour. / On her first day at High ...

Wason, Robert Alexander

(1874-1955) US author, mostly of Westerns, who is of sf interest for "The Man Who Never Died" (September 1915-March 1916 Physical Culture), a magazine founded and still under the influence of Bernarr Macfadden. The story is told from the viewpoint of Amorio, a young woman in splendid health brought up in an isolated Keep by Andreas Vesalius (1514-"1564"), whose death by drowning was a ruse to ...

Milton, Saba

(?   -    ) UK author of Garganette: The Amazing Story of a Giant Female (1991), a Fabulation whose roots lie in a Parody of François Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-1552 plus a posthumous text of dubious authenticity 1564); the effect is sometimes charming, but necessarily forced. [JC]

Milligan, Spike

Working name of Indian-born Irish author and comic Terence Alan Milligan (1918-2002), who first became famous for his central role as both principal author and one of the stars of the Radio comedy The Goon Show (initially Crazy People) broadcast on BBC Radio from 1951 to 1960. These episodes generally exhibit surreal rather than science-fictional humour; partial exceptions in the form of explicit sf/fantasy Parodies include ...

Amazing Mystery Funnies

US Comic (1938-1940). Twenty-four issues. Centaur Publishing. Artists and script writers (usually performing both tasks) include Harry Campbell, Bill Everett, Paul Gustavson, Malcolm Kildale, George Loomis and Basil Wolverton. Usually 7-9 strips and a two-page text story each issue, plus brief factual articles ("many serious defects may result from a child sucking his thumb"); the December 1939 issue includes a two-page review of Fanzines, ...

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 ...

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