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.hack

Videogame series (from 2002). CyberConnect2 (CC2). Designed by Kazunori Ito, Kōichi Mashimo, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. / .hack is a transmedia franchise including Videogames, Anime, novels and Comics, all of which are perhaps best viewed as parts of a single work. Its story revolves around a fictional Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game called "The World", which bears a strong resemblance to the fantasy game EverQuest (1999 Verant Interactive, Win; 2003 Mac) designed by Brad ...

Ogawa Issui

(1975-    ) Pseudonymous Japanese author – real name unknown – whose early work was published as by Tomonori Kawade, commencing with "Little Star" (1994 Jump Novel), an account of life in the solar system in the twenty-second century. He dropped out of university in the year he first published under his new pen name, with Earth Guard (1997). / Much of his early work is in the ephemeral pulps known in Japanese as Light Novels: more accurately book-form ...

Jordan, Zack

(?   -    ) US Videogame creator, singer/songwriter and author who has released games and music as U S Killbotics. In his first novel, The Last Human (2020), which is set seemingly millennia hence, a young human is raised by a spiderlike being on a Space Habitat in orbit around a gas planet very far from Earth; young Sarya the Daughter is in fact the last human (see Last Man) alive, homo sapiens having been destroyed by galaxy-wide consensus, because we are ...

Galaxy Express 999

Japanese animated film (1979). Original title Ginga Tetsudo Surī-Nain. Based on the Manga by Leiji Matsumoto. Toei Animation. Directed by Rintaro. Written by Shiro Ishimori. Voice cast includes Masako Ikeda, Makio Inoue, Masako Nozawa, Hidekatsu Shibata and Reiko Tajima. 129 minutes. Colour. / The first Anime adaption of the manga was a 113-part Television series also titled Galaxy Express 999 (1978-1981). The film was made by the same studio with virtually the same cast, but has a ...

Telano, Rolf

Pseudonym of US author Ralph Merridette Holland (1899-1962) whose sf novel, the awkwardly fictionalized A Spacewoman Speaks (1960), purports to be a series of elucidatory messages delivered by a wise woman from Venus, during the course of which we learn about UFOs, Reincarnation, Lost Races and worlds Underground. [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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