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BNA: Brand New Animal

Japanese animated tv series (2020). Original title Bī Enu Ē. Trigger. Directed by Yoh Yoshinari. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Yoshimasa Hosoya, Kaito Ishikawa, Sumire Morohoshi and Maria Naganawa. Twelve 23-minute episodes. Colour. / Earth is home to two human species (see Anthropology; Evolution), Homo sapiens and beastmen; the latter have the Beast Factor gene, so can Shapeshift between a human form and an anthropomorphized animal species. Though beastmen ...

Field of Dreams

US movie (1989). Universal/Gordon. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson; producers Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon; executive producer Brian Frankish. Written by Robinson. Based on Shoeless Joe (1982) by W P Kinsella. Cast includes Dwier Brown, Timothy Busfield (Mark), Kevin Costner, Gaby Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan (Annie Kinsella) and Frank Whaley. 106 minutes. Colour. / Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) fell out of love with father John (Brown) years ...

MacInnes, Martin

(1983-    ) Scottish author whose first novel, Infinite Ground (2016), carries an unnamed Inspector from Dystopian daylight into the heart of darkness (see Joseph Conrad) at the interior of an unnamed South American country in search of one who has disappeared; the surreal mutability of the world being uncovered, which must all the same be taken literally or the tale becomes mechanically arbitrary, evokes a sense of Magic Realism, however dubious that descriptor may seem ...

Quarber Merkur

Austrian Fanzine; edited by Franz Rottensteiner since its inception in 1963. In the argot of fans, Quarber Merkur is a "sercon" (serious and constructive) fanzine, one of the longest-running and most impressive of its type. It publishes critical, bibliographical, sociopolitical and historical studies of sf, Utopias, weird fiction and Fantasy. Averaging 90 large unillustrated pages per issue, Quarber Merkur has now published around three million words of serious criticism; it had reached #74 by ...

Webster, F A M

(1886-1949) UK soldier, athletics coach and author, in active service during World War One, who also published as by Michael Annesley; much of his work related to athletics, his best known book in this area being perhaps the nonfiction Athletes in Action (1931). His first novel, The Hound of Cullen (1918), is a mythical fantasy featuring Cuchulhain. His fiction more than once concentrated on mysteriously sapient species (see Apes as Human) in Africa who are persuaded to raise humans as their ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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