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Astra Lost in Space

Japanese animated tv series (2019). Original title Kanata no Asutora. Based on the online Manga by Kenta Shinohara. Lerche. Directed by Masaomi Andō. Written by Norimitsu Kaihō. Voice cast includes Yoshimasa Hosoya, Risae Matsuda, Inori Minase, Hitomi Nabatame and Shunsuke Takeuchi. Twelve usually 24-minute episodes (1 and 12 double length). Colour. / In 2063, eight high school students and a ten-year-old are going to camp for five days together on the planet McPa, unsupervised. ...

North, William

(1825-1854) UK author whose precocious first novel, Anti-Coningsby; Or, The New Generation Grown Old (1844 2vols), is a Satire shaped as a Sequel by Other Hands to Benjamin Disraeli's Coningsby; Or, the New Generation (1844), in which new Inventions are used to sink the French fleet, and a very Near Future new government takes office. Other novels of interest include The City of the Jugglers; Or, Free-Trade in Souls: A Romance of the Golden Age (1850), which incorporates elements of occult ...

Tales of Moreauvia

Canadian Semiprozine published by Creative Guy Publishing, Vancouver, British Columbia, and edited by Peter S Allen; letter-size, planned as semi-annual, but the four issues are dated Spring 2008, Summer 2009, Winter (November) 2010 and finally Summer 2012. It labelled itself "Flights of Historical Fancy", the contents being a mixture of Steampunk, Alternate History and historical sf (see History in SF). The Shared World background was the Alternate World of Moreauvia, which took its name from ...

Fast, Howard

(1914-2003) US author best known for his work outside the sf field: historical novels under his own name, and detective novels and thrillers as by E V Cunningham. The Unvanquished (1942) and Spartacus (1951), both signed with his own name, remain perhaps his most familiar titles. He began publishing sf with "Wrath of the Purple" for Amazing in October 1932, about a blob (see Biology) whose growth is unstoppable (for a while), but did not actively produce sf until the later 1950s, when he ...

Slater, Robert L

(1967-    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the first installation of a book-length story, "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Galactic Citizen #2 for January 1993, the last of five instalments appearing in June 1994. His Young Adult Deserted Lands sequence beginning with All Is Silence (2014) is set in a Post-Holocaust America, initially Seattle, and traces the attempts of its teenaged protagonists and her two boyfriends to find her father in ...

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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