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Zombie Land Saga

Japanese animated tv series (2018). MAPPA. Written by Shigeru Murakoshi. Directed by Munehisa Sakai. Voice cast includes Kaede Hondo, Maki Kawase, Rika Kinugawa, Kotono Mitsuishi, Mamoru Miyano, Minami Tanaka, Risa Tanedaand, Asami Tano. 24 24-minute episodes to date. Colour. / Her heart bursting with joy and optimism, schoolgirl Sakura Minamoto (Hondo) rushes out onto the street and is run over by a truck. She wakes with Amnesia in an old house, surrounded by female Zombies. A man, Kotaro ...

Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising

Videogame (2001). Rage Software. Platforms: Win. / Scripted by Warren {Ellis}, Hostile Waters is notable for the quality of its dialogue and the skill with which the linear plot (see Interactive Narrative) is integrated with the gameplay. The game is set in the twenty-first century, after a global revolution against warmongering capitalists and politicians has established a liberal utopia based on Nanotechnology. As the story begins, a cabal of powerful figures from the old regime has ...

Sarac, Roger

Pseudonym of US photographer, motion-picture executive, broadcaster and author Roger Andrew Caras (1928-2001), prolific author of nonfiction on the environment and animals in the wild, all under his own name; as Sarac, he wrote an sf novel, The Throwbacks (1965), about genetic throwbacks (see Apes as Human; Devolution) who are seen as a threat to humans until they are given sanctuary. [JC]

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Also known as OMD. UK synth-pop band, formed in 1978 by Andy McCluskey (1959-    ) and Paul Humphreys (1960-    ). OMD rode the slipstream of Kraftwerk inflected synth-pop, much as did Gary Numan and the Human League, although the OMD sound is generally speaking brighter, poppier and more upbeat than that of their fellows. This cheerier tone expresses itself even in the seemingly unpromising subject matter of the group's first big hit, "Enola Gay" (on ...


Pseudonym of UK naval officer and author Geoffrey Martin Bennett (1909-1983), whose two sf novels both deal with menaces at sea: The Invisible Ships (1950) indeed features invisible ships (see Invisibility), and This Creeping Evil (1950) features sea Monsters and a threat to the UK [JC]

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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