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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

["Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika", literally "Magical Girl Madoka Magika"]. Japanese tv series. (2011). Shaft, Aniplex, Hakuhodo, DY Media Partners, Hōbunsha, MBS, Movic, Nitroplus. Cast includes Yuki Aoi, Emiri Katō, Eri Kitamura, Kaoru Mizuhashi and Chiwa Saito. Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. Written by Gen Urobuchi. Twelve 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Japanese schoolgirl Madoka (Aoi) is offered a Faustian pact by the Alien Kyubey (Kitamura), who promises to grant her a wish ...

Cavelos, Jeanne

(1960-    ) US mathematician, author, editor and teacher, who in the latter capacity created and has run the Odyssey writing workshop at various New England campuses since 1996. In her editorial career at Bantam Doubleday Dell, she created the Abyss list which specialized in Horror in SF. Her fiction has primarily been restricted to a series of Babylon 5 Ties, beginning with Babylon 5: Book 7: The Shadow Within (1997) and including the Babylon 5: The Passing of the ...


Film (1990). Constellation/UCG/Hachette Premiere with the collaboration of Sofinergie/Sofinergie 2/Investimage 2/Investimage 3. Directed and written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Cast includes Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Ticky Holgado, Jacques Mathou, Dominique Pinon, Anne-Marie Pisani, Rufus, and Karin Viard. 99 minutes. Colour. / This French film is an Absurdist fable about Post-Holocaust life in a small, decrepit town. The setting is enclosed; little is intimated ...

Stanton, Will

(1918-1996) US humorous author for various Slicks including The New Yorker, Readers Digest and Saturday Evening Post. His contributions to SF Magazines began with "Barney" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1951 and remained with that magazine exclusively. He was active for twelve years, his eleven stories being witty and well-told variants on familiar sf themes; more than half were anthologized. [JC/PN/DRL]

Stoodley, June

(?   -    ) Australian academic, who has written extensively on the gold-mining industry in Queensland, and author whose complex sf novel, The Protected (1995), portrays the uneasiness of the colonial mentality through a Space Opera tale in which a humbling Covenant between Homo sapiens and the Alien Protectors is finally challenged. [JC]

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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