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Ascendance of a Bookworm

Japanese animated tv series (2019-current). Original title vt Honzuki no Gekokujō. Based on the Light Novel by Miya Kazuki. Ajia-do Animation Works. Directed by Mitsuru Hongo. Written by Mariko Kunisawa. Voice cast includes Show Hayami, Yuka Iguchi and Aya Uchida. 26 24-minute episodes (and two OVAs). Colour. / A Head Priest (Hyami) uses matching circlets to view a puzzling young child's past. We next see that child, Myne (Iguchi), on the verge of death: she recovers yet seems ...

Baker, Frank

(1908-1983) UK actor, Television scriptwriter and author whose work is generally and correctly thought of in terms of fantasy and horror, though his second novel, The Birds (1936; rev 1964; rev 2013), is very clearly Equipoisal between Scientific Romance and Supernatural Fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In the very Near Future – the book's dustwrapper describes the main events as beginning, very soon after publication, in August 1936 – huge swarms of ...

Harker, Kenneth

(1927-2003) UK author with a training in physics, employed as a technical officer in the thermal insulation business, whose first published sf story was "Cog" in New Worlds, April 1966; he had previously sold crime and fantasy fiction, an earlier nonrealistic story being "Colossus of Roads" (August 1961 Storyteller). His sf novels – The Symmetrians (1966), which concerns a Dystopian response to nuclear Holocaust in which a cult of "Absolute Symmetry" becomes the world Religion, and The ...

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Japanese animated tv series (2020). Original title Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shite Shimatta. Based on the Light Novel by Satoru Yamaguchi. Silver Link. Directed by Keisuke Inoue. Written by Megumi Shimizu. Voice cast includes Saori Hayami, Inori Minase and Maaya Uchida. 24 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Falling into a coma following an accident causes Caterina Claes (Uchida), a spoilt noble child from the kingdom of Sorcier, to remember a ...

Spillane, Mickey

(1918-2006) Working name of US author Frank Morrison Spillane, whose career began with early-1940s work in Comics, writing scripts for Superhero characters including Batman and Sub-Mariner. His bestselling thrillers starring private eye Mike Hammer, beginning with I, the Jury (1946), notoriously featured much Sex and extreme (for that era) violence, often against women: Fritz Leiber responded with an acid Parody centred on the PI character "Slickie Millane" in "The Night He Cried" (in Star ...

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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