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Pop Team Epic

Japanese animated tv series (2018-2019). Original title Poputepipikku. Based on the online Manga by Bkub Okawa. Kamikaze Douga. Directed by Jun Aoki and Aoi Umeki. Written by Jun Aoki. No regular voice cast. Twelve 24-minute episodes plus two specials. Colour. / An Anime based on a four-panel webcomic whose protagonists (or perhaps antagonists) are two schoolgirls: orange-haired, short Popuko and blue-haired, tall Pipimi. Episode one begins as the first episode of a romantic Idol comedy ...

Al-Khalili, Jim

Working name of Iraqi-born broadcaster, physicist, academic and author Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili (1962-    ), in the UK from 1979; several of his nonfiction publications, beginning with Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines (1999), have been addressed to the intelligent general reader. He is of sf interest for his first novel, Sunfall (2019), describes a Near Future Disaster perhaps fatal to the planet, the sudden dissolution of the Earth's magnetosphere, which normally ...

Maddox, Michelle

Pseudonym of Canadian author Michelle Rouillard (1971-    ) for her sf romance Countdown (2008), whose heroine must cope with psychic distress and what seems to be an imprisoning Pocket Universe from which to be rescued. Horror and fantasy novels under her own name are not listed below. [JC]


In the catalogue of possible technological wonders offered in the New Atlantis (bound in with Sylva Sylvarum 1626; 1627 chap), Francis Bacon included more powerful cannon, better explosives and "wildfires burning in water, unquenchable". Such promises could not be left out if his prospectus were to appeal to the political establishment – his most important predecessor as a designer of hypothetical machines, Leonardo da Vinci, had likewise sought sponsorship on the basis of his ingenuity ...

Bock, Dennis

(1964-    ) Canadian teacher and author, active from the late 1990s, most of whose work has been nonfantastic. His first novel, Going Home Again (2013), is an analysis of the consequences of World War Two through the interwoven stories of its three afflicted protagonists. He is of specific sf interest for The Good German (2020), an Alternate History tale whose Jonbar Point is the successful assassination of Hitler in 1939; it is not technically a Hitler Wins story, but ...

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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