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Swain, John D

(?   -?   ) Prolific US Pulp author active 1901-1939, chiefly with short crime/thriller tales; he began to publish work of genre interest with "L'Enfant Terrible" in The Cavalier for 4 May 1912. His "The Last Man on Earth" (November 1923 Munsey's Magazine) – in which the Last Man is the last adult male in a world of women – was filmed as The Last Man on Earth (1924) directed by John G Blystone. Thirteen of his magazine stories, not including either of ...

Johnston, Paul

(1957-    ) Scottish author, partially resident in Greece, whose noirish Quint Dalrymple sequence – comprising Body Politic (1997), The Bone Yard (1998), Water of Death (1999), The Blood Tree (2000), The House of Dust (2001), Heads or Hearts (2015), Skeleton Blues (2016) and Impolitic Corpses (2019) – is a series of detections set in the Edinburgh of the 2020s, which has become a City-state, as has Glasgow, Europe having been balkanized by internal conflicts and ...

Tonari no Totoro

Animated film (1988 Japan; trans as My Neighbor Totoro 1988 US but not released until 1993). Studio Ghibli. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Written by Hayao Miyazaki. Cast includes Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto and Hitoshi Takagi. 86 minutes. Colour. / Professor Kusakabe (Takagi) takes his daughters Satsuki (Hidaka) and Mei (Sakamoto) to the Japanese countryside, in an attempt to distract them from their mother's hospitalization with a serious illness. Exploring the forests around the ...

Man Who Fell to Earth, The

Film (1976). British Lion/A Cinema V Release. Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Written by Paul Mayersberg, based on The Man Who Fell to Earth (1963) by Walter Tevis. Cast includes David Bowie, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Rip Torn. 140 minutes; first US showing cut to 118 minutes. Colour. / In this UK film set in the USA, the clear-cut narrative of Tevis's evocative novel – about an Alien who comes to Earth to build a spacecraft large enough to transport his native race away from his own ...

Space: 1889

Role Playing Game (1988). Game Designers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Frank Chadwick. / Space: 1889 is an early example of Steampunk, set in an Alternate History whose central conceit is that many of the now discarded scientific theories of the Victorian age were actually correct. So, in this universe, Thomas Alva Edison invents an "ether propellor" and uses it to travel to Mars in 1870. By 1889 the Great Powers of the 19th Century have expanded into space and begun to colonize the worlds ...

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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