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NieA Under 7

Japanese animated tv series (2000), based on the Manga by Abe Yoshitoshi. Triangle Staff. Chief Director Tomokazu Tokoro. Written by Takuya Satō. Voice cast includes Ayako Kawasumi, Yuko Miyamura and Fumiko Orikasa. Thirteen 23-minute episodes. Colour. / Mayuko Chigasaki (Kawasumi), teenaged and poor in small-town Japan, attends cram school in preparation for the examinations to enter university. To pay for this she lives frugally above a bathhouse and works in a restaurant (the owners ...

Meltzer, David

(1937-2016) US jazz guitarist, poet and author whose sf is almost entirely restricted to two sequences of erotic novels published by Essex House at the end of the 1960s, though he had published a very few stories earlier. The first sequence – the Agency series comprising The Agency (1968), The Agent (1968) and How Many Blocks in the Pile? (1969), all three assembled as The Agency Trilogy (omni 1994) – is a remarkably savage Satire of a Near-Future USA through a plot whose erotic ...


Film (1985). Re-Animator Productions/Empire. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Gordon, William J Norris and Dennis Paoli, based on Herbert West – Reanimator (February-July 1922 Home Brew as "Grewsome Tales"; vt March 1942-November 1943 Weird Tales; 1977 chap) by H P Lovecraft. Cast includes Bruce Abbott, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton and David Gale. Full version 105 minutes. Colour. / In this Grand Guignol film Herbert West (Combs), a Mad Scientist medical student at Miskatonic ...

Meredith, Ellis

(1865-1955) US journalist, suffragist and author, instrumental in gaining the vote for women in Colorado in 1893. Her sf novel, The Master-Knot of Human Fate (1901), focus on a man and woman in a Rocky Mountain enclave who – after a great Disaster has isolated them – may be the only humans left alive (see End of the World; Last Man); but (see Adam and Eve) they are prepared to start the race again, with God's help. [JC]

Captive Wild Woman

Film (1943). Universal Pictures. Produced by Ben Pivar. Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Written by Griffith Jay and Henry Sucher from an idea by Ted Fithian, and Neal P Varnick. Cast includes Acquanetta, Evelyn Ankers, John Carradine, Fay Helm, Milburn Stone and Martha Vickers. 61 minutes. Black and white. / Animal trainer Fred Mason (Stone) returns from safari with new beasts for the Whipple circus, including the almost humanly intelligent gorilla Cheela. Beth Colman (Ankers), his ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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