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Education in SF

Arguably, many sf works project the aura of a classroom, as writers undertake to explain their fantastic worlds' new Technology and other features at length by means of instructional Infodumps. A common pattern in Utopian novels is to pair naïve newcomers with longtime residents assigned to show and describe how their society functions, as seen in Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1887 (1888) and Hugo Gernsback's Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 (April 1911-March 1912 Modern ...

Sailor Moon

1. Sailor Moon. Japanese animated tv series (1992-1993). Original title Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn. Based on the Manga by Naoko Takeuchi. Toei Animation. Directed by Junichi Sato. Written by Sukehiro Tomita. Voice cast includes Mika Doi, Rika Fukami, Keiko Han, Aya Hisakawa, Chiyoko Kawashima, Kotono Mitsuishi, Emi Shinohara, Michie Tomizawa and Noriko Uehara. 46 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Fourteen-year-old Usagi Tsukino (Mitsuishi) is a shallow, self-absorbed crybaby ...

Eastercon

The generally used nickname, originating in Fan Language, of the UK national sf Convention. This is traditionally held over the Easter bank holiday weekend, though this was not the case in early years. The first event in the consensus list below took place on a single day of the slightly later Whitsun holiday weekend, 15 May 1948, and although the 1949 event was genuinely an Eastercon, Whitsun was the usual choice until 1955. After that year, Easter became the invariable date. There was no 1950 ...

Operation Neptune

Juvenile tv series (1953). NBC-TV network. Directors unknown. Writers included Gen Genovese. Cast includes Harold Conklin, Humphrey Davis, Todd Griffin, Richard Holland, Rusty Lane and Margaret Stewart. Possibly twelve 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / US Navy Commander Bud Hollister (Griffin) and his friend Dink Saunders (Holland) fight various undersea menaces beginning with Kebeda (Conklin), ruler of a kingdom Under the Sea. Other opponents include Thirza (Stewart) and Trychus ...

Andre-Driussi, Michael

(1962-    ) US scholar and author best known for his elucidative bibliographical, lexicographical and archaeological investigations into the decipherment of the more difficult texts of Gene Wolfe. His illuminating guide to Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun sequence in Lexicon Urthus: A Dictionary for the Urth Cycle (1994; exp 2008) – see Checklist below for ancillary pamphlets later integrated into the 2008 edition – substrates any speculation about that work's ...

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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