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Knights of Sidonia

Japanese animated tv series (2014-current). Original title Sidonia no Kishi. Based on the Manga by Tsutomu Nihei. Polygon Pictures. Directed by Kōbun Shizuno (season one) and Hiroyuki Seshita (season two). Written by Sadayuki Murai. Voice cast includes Satomi Arai, Hisako Kanemoto, Sayaka Ohara, Ryota Ohsaka, Takahiro Sakurai, Aya Suzaki and Aki Toyosaki. 24 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Sidonia may be the last of the 500 Generation Starships that fled the destruction of the Earth by ...

Jefferson Starship

Also known as Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship: The Next Generation and Starship. US psychedelic rock band, formed, as "Jefferson Airplane" in Los Angeles in 1965 by Marty Balin (1942-2018) and Paul Kantner, amongst others; later joined by Grace Slick (1939-    ) whose songwriting skills and distinctive voice contributed a great deal to the commercial success of the band. The folk-rock and LSD-experimentalism of their early albums sometimes took science-fictional ...


Term used in this encyclopedia to cover various sf extrapolations of the walled, gated or segregated community; it is very roughly equivalent to the Edifice in fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The sf term. It is taken from Fury (May-July 1947 Astounding as by Lawrence O'Donnell; 1950; vt Destination Infinity 1956) by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore, where Keeps are fortified domes Under the Sea into which humanity has retreated from the savage environment of Venus. ...

Moore, F Frankfort

(1855-1931) Irish author, some of whose work contains supernatural elements. Novels of sf interest include The Secret of the Court: A Romance of Life and Death (1895), in which a vast Underground complex is discovered beneath contemporary Egypt, home of the remnants of an ancient Lost Race whose high Technology is now lost, though the secret of reviving the dead is recovered; Dr Koomadhi of Ashantee (1906), whose protagonist enters into deadly Communication with a race of apes (see Apes as ...

Pendleton, John

(1848-?1926) UK journalist, railway historian and author of a Lost Race novel, The Ivory Queen: A Story of Strange Adventure (1897), set in Africa, where survivors of the fall of the Palmyrene Empire of Queen Zenobia (240-circa 274) have fled, and whose descendants have established an agrarian Utopia. [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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