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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 ...

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Film (1982). Paramount. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Jack B Sowards, based on a story by Harve Bennett and Sowards. Cast includes the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Kirstie Alley, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Ricardo Montalban. 114 minutes. Colour. / This was the second (and very much cheaper) movie incarnation of Star Trek, the first being Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Montalban plays Khan, the villain, resurrected from the television ...

X-Men Films

A series of sf Superhero films based on the Marvel Comics series X-Men originally by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, with many subsequent authors (see below). As a sequence, the films fall significantly short of narrative coherence or due balance, due to contractual, directorial and casting issues as well as the seismically unstable foliation of the underlying Marvel Comics universe. Retcons, general prequelitis and more random inconsistencies follow inevitably; as well as a tendency to indulge, ...

Sambury, Liselle

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose first novel, the Young Adult Blood Like Magic (2021), Equipoisally plunges its teenage protagonist, who lives and works in a high-tech Near Future Toronto, into a world of Magic complexly involving a curse upon her family.[JC]

Cassutt, Michael

(1954-    ) US scriptwriter/producer for Television, and author who began publishing sf with "A Second Death" for Amazing in June 1974. His numerous television credits include serving as staff writer for The Twilight Zone in 1986 and story editor for Max Headroom in 1987; he has also written scripts of Farscape (1999-2003, 2005), Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007) and Andromeda (2000-2005), and has been a writer/co-producer for the SyFy Channel series Z Nation (2014-2018). His ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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