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Otherside Picnic

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Based on the Light Novels by Iori Miyazawa (illustrated by shirakaba). Liden Films, Felix Film. Directed by Takuya Satō. Written by Takuya Satō. Voice cast includes Yumiri Hanamori, Rina Hidaka, Ai Kayano and Miyu Tomita. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / As the title suggests, this work is influenced by Arkady and Boris Strugatski's Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977). / Toriko Nishina (Kayano) is searching the Otherside, a Parallel World ...

Foyle, Naomi

(?   -    ) UK editor, poet and author whose first novel, Seoul Survivors (2013), is a Near Future thriller set just before a meteor known as Lucifer's Hammer threatens to devastate the planet, as in Larry Niven's and Jerry Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer (1977), about a Comet striking Earth. A plot to use Genetic Engineering to save some humans has side-effects. The Young Adult Gaia Chronicles sequence beginning with Astra (2014) interestingly describes an ...

Klaatu

Canadian pop band, most famous for their song "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft", on the album 3:47 EST (1976), which was notably covered by the Carpenters. More interesting is the band's second release, Hope (1977), a concept album about humanity's near-future encounter with the last survivor of the ancient Venusian "Politzanian" empire. After providing a rapid tour of the cosmos (track 3 is called "Around the Universe in Eighty Days") this survivor dies, but not before entrusting the ...

Germany

[Coverage of Germany and Austria is in the process of being restructured, with the new entry Germany since 1990 dealing with the post-reunification scene and a separate entry in preparation for {East Germany}. What follows is only slightly revised from the 1993 edition of this encyclopedia.] This entry covers the whole of Germany, including the former GDR (East Germany). There is a separate entry for Austria, with which there is a small and inevitable overlap: many books by Austrian writers ...

MacKaye, Harold Steele

(1866-1928) French-born lawyer and author, in US from infancy, son of the playwright and theatrical impresario Steele MacKaye (1842-1894) and brother of the author Percy MacKaye (1875-1956). Of sf interest is his novel, The Panchronicon (1904), a Time-Travel story whimsically condescending about its provincial protagonists and their travels to the sixteenth century in a Time Machine left by a traveller from the twenty-sixth century, who had died of injuries and pneumonia. The machine operates ...

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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