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Mama Wa Shōgaku Yon-Nensei

["Mama is a 4th Grader"] Japanese animated tv series (1992). Sunrise, NTV, AsatsuDK, Vap. Directed by Shūji Iuchi. Written by Osamu Nakamura, Tetsuko Watanabe, Yumi Kageyama et al. Cast includes Kazue Ikura, Satomi Kōrogi and Riyoko Yoshida. 51 episodes of 25 minutes. Colour. / An accident in the year 2007 sends the infant Mirai ["Future"] through a Timeslip to 1992, where she is raised by her mother's younger self. Early episodes play up the situation comedy, while later episodes ...

Gothic SF

In current usage a "Gothic" is a romantic novel with a strong element of the mysterious or the supernatural which usually features the persecution of a woman in an isolated locale; but this restricted and specialized use of the word, and the marketing category associated with it, have little to do with most sf. The term "Gothic" entered the English language as a descriptive term for a particular kind of story with the publication of The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (1764) by Horace Walpole ...

Lief, Evelyn

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Inspector" in Clarion (anth 1971) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, though she had sold at least one story earlier, and who published several stories in Anthologies in that decade. Her sf novel, The Clone Rebellion (1980), intended as the start of a series, depicts a world where Clones are grown for their organs; the clones, who discover they have Psi Powers when they congregate, duly rebel. [JC]

Stableford, Brian M

(1948-    ) UK academic, critic, translator and author, with a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology, which he taught 1977-1988 before turning to writing full-time. He began his writing career early, collaborating with a schoolfriend, Craig A Mackintosh (writing together as Brian Craig), on his first published story, "Beyond Time's Aegis" for Science Fantasy #78 in 1965; much expanded, it was eventually published in book form as Firefly: A Novel of the Far Future ...

Moore, Patrick

Working name of UK astronomer, scientific journalist, composer and author Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore (1923-2012), a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1945, best-known over more than half a century for his work as a popular television personality; he presented the BBC television series The Sky at Night from its April 1957 launch until his death, missing only one episode (July 2004) through illness. Moore wrote over 100 nonfiction books, mainly on astronomy. Of sf interest are his ...

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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