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Butler, William

(1929-    ) US author best known for nonfantastic novels, some set in Japan. The Butterfly Revolution (1961), which is of sf interest, describes the almost instantaneous Dystopian tyranny created when a group of children "trapped" in a holiday camp take it over, a Satirical vision of an unhinged America which climaxes in the savage lynching of a Black camper (see ...

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Japanese animated tv series (2017-current). Original title Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon. Based on the Manga by Coolkyousinnjya. Kyoto Animation. Directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto. Written by Yuka Yamada. Voice cast includes Kaori Ishihara, Yūki Kuwahara, Maria Naganawa, Yuichi Nakamura, Minami Takahashi and Mutsumi Tamura. 25 24-minute episodes (plus two OVAs and 27 shorts). Colour. / Leaving home to go to work, ...

Tron: Legacy

Film (2010). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Sean Bailey/LivePlanet production. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz from a story by Kitsis and Horowitz, and Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie McBird. Score by Daft Punk. Cast includes Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Michael ...

Vian, Boris

(1920-1959) French engineer, translator, jazz trumpeter, singer songwriter, playwright and author, his copious collected works amounting to more than fifty volumes; he was Transcendental Satrap of the Collège de 'Pataphysique, and a fine dramatist of the absurd (see Fabulation) who will be perhaps best remembered for his eloquent advocacy of American jazz, for his 400 songs (see Music) and for such plays as ...

Invasion, The

Film (2007). Warner Bros, Village Roadshow Pictures, Silver Pictures. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, additional sequences by James McTeigue (uncredited). Written by David Kajganich, based on The Body Snatchers (10-24 December 1954 Collier's Weekly; 1955; vt Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1973; rev 1978) by Jack Finney; additional material by Lana ...

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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