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Accel World

Japanese animated tv series (2012). Original title Akuseru Wārudo. Based on the Light Novels by Reki Kawahara. Sunrise. Written by Hiroyuki Yoshino. Directed by Masakazu Ohara (as Masakazu Obara). Voice cast includes Shintaro Asanuma, Rina Hidaka, Yuuki Kaji, Sanae Kobayashi, Sachika Misawa, Nobuo Tobita and Aki Toyosaki. 24 24-minute episodes, plus eight shorts and two OVAs. Colour. / In the Near Future of 2046, Haruyuki Arita (Kaji) is thirteen, short and fat; bullied at his Tokyo ...

Pidgin, Charles Felton

(1844-1923) US statistician and author of an early Alternate History novel, The Climax: Or, What Might Have Been: A Romance of the Great Republic (1902), the Jonbar Point of which being a different outcome to the fatal 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. In this world, not having killed Hamilton, Burr conquers Mexico and Central America, becomes President of the United States in 1808, and soon oversees the construction of the Panama Canal in 1814, and the abolition of Slavery ...

Star Wars: Galaxies

Videogame (2003). Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Designed by Raph Koster (forename is a short form of Raphael, not Ralph mistyped). Platforms: Win. / While the milieu of Star Wars: Galaxies was licenced from the eponymous film series (specifically, it was set in a frozen historical moment between Star Wars (1977) [1977] and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back [1980]), when it was launched the game represented the cutting edge of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing ...

Outer Planets

For a long while, relatively little attention was paid in sf to the planets beyond Jupiter. Of them only Saturn was known to the ancients – Uranus was discovered in 1781, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto in 1930 – and it is therefore the only outer planet featured in Athanasius Kircher's and Emanuel Swedenborg's interplanetary tours. Uranus, however, is included in the anonymous Journeys into the Moon, Several Planets and the Sun: History of a Female Somnambulist (1837). The only object ...

Journal Wired

Semi-annual Semiprozine from a Small Press in trade paperback form ("bookazine"), Winter 1989 to Summer/Fall 1990, 3 issues only, published and edited from California and Colorado by Andy Watson and Mark V Ziesing. This hip, elegant and irreverent periodical ran fiction by a mixture of interesting new writers and better known names (like Paul Di Filippo, Colin Greenland, Rudy Rucker and Lewis Shiner), interviews (William Burroughs and others) and commentary by Lucius Shepard and others on ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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