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Shadows House

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Based on the Manga by So-ma-to. CloverWorks. Directed by Kazuki Ōhashi. Written by Toshiya Ōno. Voice cast includes Takaya Hashi, Akari Kitō, Yū Sasahara and Shino Shimoji. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / "Living Dolls" awake in the children's building of a large manorial estate, to be told they have been created as servants and companions to silhouette-like nobles called Shadows. These have black and featureless bodies; the ...

Kincaid, Paul

(1952-    ) UK critic, award administrator and author; partner of Maureen Kincaid Speller from 1986 (married 1993). After an early sale to New Writings in SF which remains unpublished because the series ended, his first short story, "The Second Coming" appeared in a semi-professional magazine, Orbis, in 1984. His first fully professional publication was "The Song of Women" for Arrows of Eros (coll 1989) edited by Alex Stewart. Since then he has published fiction only ...

Philip K Dick Award

Award founded in 1983 by admirers of Philip K Dick, who died in 1982. Because much of Dick's classic sf was published with no fanfare and initially without a hardcover edition, it seemed appropriate to give the award to a distinguished work of sf or fantasy of the previous year first published in paperback. The award was initially suggested by Thomas M Disch, who was for several years its administrator; he was succeeded by an administrative team of Algis Budrys and David G Hartwell; for a time ...

Young, Michael

(1915-2002) UK sociologist and author whose Family and Kinship in East London (1957), with Peter Willmott (1923-2000), had a seminal effect on community-planning priorities. His sf work, The Rise of the Meritocracy 1870-2033: An Essay on Education and Equality (1958), not only gave the word "meritocracy" to the language but extensively defined it: a meritocracy is an elite whose members are recruited on the basis of merit (largely Intelligence) in a competitive educational system; it is also, ...

Malik, Usman T

(?   -    ) Pakistan-born doctor and author, mostly resident in USA, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Crimson Storm" in Thirteen Stories for June 2003. He continues to concentrate mostly on shorter forms, though the ambitious The Paper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn (22 April 2015; 2015 ebook) is of novella length, and engages in Equipoisal juxtapositions of fantasy and folklore, while movingly fixed to the complexities of the ...

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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