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Dragon's Heaven

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1988). Anime International Company (AIC), Artmic. Based on the Manga by Makoto Kobayashi. Directed by Makoto Kobayashi. Written by Ikuyo Koukami. Voice cast includes Iemasa Kayumi, Yuko Minaguchi and Kei Tomiyama. 43 minutes. Colour. / A War that began in 3195 between mankind and the Robot rebels finally ends with a big win for humanity. The victorious forces return ...

Riviere, Sam

(1981-    ) UK teacher, publisher, poet and author, active as a poet from around 2005. He is of some sf interest for his first novel, Dead Souls (2021), a Satirical tale about poets and poetry whose intensely prolonged monologues perhaps benefit from their exposure to a modestly changed very Near Future world (see Fantastika). In the course of this a poet – ...

Cole, Everett B

(1910-2001) US author, formerly a professional US Army soldier and veteran of the Omaha Beach landing in World War Two; he retired from service in 1960 and was a high school teacher until his second retirement in the mid-1970s. He began publishing sf with "Philosophical Corps" for Astounding in March 1951, as by E B Cole – the first of the Philosophical Corps series for Astounding, which ceased there in 1956 before concluding much ...

Black Mirror

UK tv series (2011-2019). Zeppotron, Channel 4 (first two series plus Christmas special); Netflix (third and subsequent series). Created and mostly written by Charlie Brooker (1971-    ). Additional writers include Jesse Armstrong and Kanak "Konnie" Asha Huq. Directed by Otto Bathurst, Oona Chaplin, Tom Cullen, Owen Harris, Bryn Higgins, Euros Lyn, Carl Tibbetts and Brian Welsh. Cast includes Hayley Atwell, Jessica Brown-Finlay, Leonora Crichlow, Lindsay Duncan, Jason ...

Jonson, Ben

(1572-1637) UK poet, actor and playwright, after Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) and William Shakespeare the pre-eminent dramatist of his era, active from the late 1590s till the year of his death. He was most famous for his astute and often highly satirical comedies, most notably Volpone (1605-1606), The Alchemist (1610) which satirized the gullibility of a public ready to accept any pseudoscientific nostrum, and ...

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 ...

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