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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Japanese animated tv series (2002-2005). Based on the Manga by Masamune Shirow. Production I.G. Written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama. Voice cast includes Akio Ohtsuka, Osamu Saka, Sakiko Tamagawa, Atsuko Tanaka and Kōichi Yamadera. 52 25-minute episodes. Colour. / This Anime continues the story of Section 9, the Japanese Government's counter-terrorism and cyber- intelligence taskforce, after the events of the film Ghost in the Shell (1995); the first season is set in 2030, the second ...

Van der Poel, W I

(1908-1987) Working name of American artist Washington Irving Van der Poel Jr, who sometimes included the "Jr" in his name. While there is not an abundance of biographical information about this artist, Van der Poel is known to have worked as the art director for H L Gold's Galaxy during the 1950s, which explains why he was one of the figures depicted on Ed Emshwiller's cover for its October 1952 issue, attending a futuristic party along with luminaries like Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert A ...

Simenon, Georges

(1903-1989) Belgian-born author, in France 1925-1945 and 1955-1957, famous over his enormously prolific career mainly for the seventy-five or so Maigret novels about a Paris-based police inspector, and also for what he called romans durs: savagely intense studies of men – women hardly feature as protagonists in his work – who have been driven to and beyond their psychological limits, and who break. Of these novels, La neige était sale (1948; trans Louise Varese as The Snow ...

Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator

Videogame (1999). Valkyrie Studios. Designed by Brian Babendererde. Platforms: Win. / Septerra Core is a Computer Role Playing Game played in Isometric three-dimensional perspective, with a design heavily influenced by Japanese console games such as the Final Fantasy series. It is set on an alternate Science and Sorcery world called Septerra, where seven continents, or shells, orbit an inaccessible core. At rare intervals, the planetary clockwork aligns in such a way that the hidden core ...

Raphael, John N

(1868-1917) Uruguayan-born translator (mostly of French plays), journalist (Paris correspondent for several papers) and author, apparently in UK from his early years; sf novel, Up Above: Being the Record of Doings of the "Shadow People" in the Year of Grace 1915 [for full subtitle see Checklist] (early version December 1912 Pearson's Magazine as "Up Above, the Story of the Sky Folk"; exp 1913), is based on Le Peril Bleu (1910; trans Brian Stableford as The Blue Peril 2010) by Jules Renard, as ...

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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