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Mobile Suit Gundam

Japanese animated tv series (1979-1980). Original title Kidō Senshi Gandamu. Nippon Sunrise. Directed and written by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Voice cast includes Toru Furuya, Shūichi Ikeda, You Inoue and Hirotaka Suzuoki. 43 25-minute episodes. Colour. / By 2179 (or year 0079 of the Universal Century) most of humanity lives in gigantic orbiting Space Habitats positioned at various Earth Lagrange Points. The furthest group of colonies, located at point L2 and named "Side 3", renames ...

MacLean, Alistair

(1922-1987) Scottish author whose novels are mostly – like The Guns of Navarone (1957) – well-crafted action adventures, usually set at least in part at sea. The Dark Crusader (1961; vt The Black Shrike 1961) and The Satan Bug (1962), both as by Ian Stuart, are Cold War thrillers which make use of sf McGuffins, though in the latter the eponymous manufactured virus threatens to instigate a universally fatal Pandemic. The Golden Gate (1976) features the abduction of a US President. ...

Snedeker, Caroline Dale

(1871-1956) US author, initially of children's books, some of them depicting life in versions of New Harmony, the town of her birth being named after the communitarian Utopia New Harmony created by her grandfather Robert Owen (1771-1858). Seth Way: A Romance of the New Harmony Community (1917) is a fictionalized (and fantasticated) biography of an experimental Scientist and early resident of New Harmony, Indiana, which had been purchased by Owen in 1825 from an earlier utopian society. Her ...


Film (2021). Netflix presents an Augenschein Filmproduktion, MMC Movies, Phiphen Pictures, RISE PICTURES, RainMaker Films, Stage 6 Films and XYZ Films production in association with Yale Productions and Black Canopy Films. Directed by Joe Penna. Written by Penna with Ryan Morrison. Cast includes Shamier Anderson, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim and Anna Kendrick. 116 minutes. Colour. / A Spacesuit Film in which a Mysterious Stranger endangers a three-person mission to Mars. / "Who the ...

Abbott, Edwin A

(1838-1926) UK clergyman, academic and author whose most noted work, published originally as by A Square, is Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884; rev 1884) (see Dimensions). Narrated and illustrated by Mr Square, the novel falls into two parts. The first is a highly entertaining description of the two-dimensional world of Flatland, in which inhabitants' shapes establish their (planar) hierarchical status. In the second part, Mr Square travels in a dream to the one-dimensional universe ...

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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