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Squid Girl

Japanese animated tv series (2010-2014). Original title Shinryaku! Ika Musume. Based on the Manga by Masahiro Anbe. Diomedéa. Written by Michiko Yokote. Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and Yasutaka Yamamoto. Voice cast includes Ayumi Fujimura, Hisako Kanemoto, Hitomi Nabatame, Miki Ōtani and Rie Tanaka. 24 24-minute episodes and five OVAs. Colour. / The routine of a beachfront cafe, the Lemon Beach House, is interrupted by the announcement that it is now the "base of operations ...

Space Dandy

Japanese animated tv series (2014). Bones. Directed by Shingo Natsume and Shinichirō Watanabe. Writers include Toh Enjoe, Keiko Nobumoto, Dai Sato, Kimiko Ueno and Shinichiro Watanabe. Voice cast includes Unshou Ishizuka, Uki Satake, Junichi Suwabe, Masaaki Yajima and Hiroyuki Yoshino. 26 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Bequiffed letch Space Dandy (Suwabe) and his long-suffering companion, the AI vacuum cleaner QT (Satake), tour the Galaxy hoping to discover new Alien species: the reward ...

Wolff, Jake

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The History of Living Forever (2019), focuses on the dance of revelations that beset and illumine the forty-year-old protagonist Conrad's understanding of his romance as a teenager with his chemistry teacher Sam, who had been searching for a recipe, possibly alchemical, that might contain the secret of Immortality. Conrad's search for various meanings – the mystery of his lover's death, the nature of immortality ...

Knight, Norman L

(1895-1972) US author and pesticide chemist for the Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1963. He was not a prolific writer, publishing only 11 stories altogether, the first of which was the serialized novella "Frontier of the Unknown" for Astounding in July and August 1937. He made his main contribution by collaborating with James Blish on A Torrent of Faces (1967). This novel – whose Under-the-Sea sequences and amphibious Tritons (genetically engineered humans; see Genetic ...

Goldbarth, Albert

(1948-    ) US academic, collector of 1950s space toys and poet who remains outside the loose grouping of poets (see Poetry) that has dominated American sf poetry for many years; he has not, for instance, ever won a Rhysling Award, though he has received some more general recognitions, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Book Critics Circle award twice. His one novel, Pieces of Payne (2003) is a disjunctive Fabulation. Along with Thomas M Disch and Bryan D ...

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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