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Japanese/US animated online tv series (2021). MAPPA. Created by LeSean Thomas. Directors include Takeru Satō. Written by Flying Lotus, Nick Jones Jr, Alex Larsen and LeSean Thomas. Voice cast includes Darren Criss, Dan Donohue, Amy Hill, Takehiro Hira, Kenji Kitamura, Shunsuke Kubozuka, Julie Marcus, Hiroki Nanami, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Jun Soejima, Lakeith Stanfield, William Christopher Stephens, Kiko Tamura; Rie Tanaka; Maya Tanida, Shigeru Ushiyama and Gwendoline Yeo. Six 30-minute ...

Jackson, Shelley

(1963-    ) Philippines-born author and artist, married 1987-1998 to Jonathan Lethem, who began to publish work of genre interest with the Hypertext novel Patchwork Girl (1995 ebook). This Interactive Narrative in Gothic SF mode encourages the reader to explore portions of a woman's body which are to be stitched together – both by the reader's growing comprehension and by Mary Shelley, a character in the tale – to assemble a female version of the Frankenstein ...

Morse, David

(1940-    ) US journalist, poet and author whose sf novel, The Iron Bridge (1998), very effectively utilizes a Time Travel structure: the protagonist, from an America ravaged by Climate Change, Pollution and War, travels to 1773 England where she hopes to find a Jonbar Point in the sabotage the world's first iron bridge, across the Severn Gorge near Bristol, hoping by this planned action to delay the onset of the Industrial Revolution. The main impact of the tale may lie in ...

Podwil, Jerome

(1938-    ) American artist, sometimes credited simply as Podwil, who typically signs his works Jerry Podwil. After graduating from the Pratt School of Art and Design in 1960, Podwil began painting covers for non-genre books, mostly westerns, and in 1965 shifted to sf art with several assignments from Ace Books. His early covers generally juxtaposed realistic figures with misty or symbolic backgrounds to evoke a sense of alienness; one cover, for Ray Cummings's Tama of the ...

Conrad, Joseph

(1857-1924) Polish-born author, in the UK mercantile marine from 1878 to 1894, a UK citizen from 1886, changing his name at that point from Józef Teodor Konrad Naleçz Korzeniowski to Joseph Conrad. For much of his life he laboured under the misprision of his early reputation as a teller of "mere" sea tales; but in later life he gained commercial success, and increasingly after World War Two he received wide attention for the more complex works of his maturity, like Nostromo (1904) ...

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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