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Swahn, Sven Christer

(1933-2005) Swedish poet, author, playwright, literary critic and translator. Immensely prolific, Swahn published a dozen collections of poetry including his first book, Eftermiddagens nycklar ["The Keys to Afternoon"] (coll 1956), five short story collections, thirteen adult novels, seventeen juvenile novels, a dozen or more Radio plays, eight books of literary overviews, essays and cultural history, a dozen ...

Wind Named Amnesia, A

Japanese animated film (1990; vt The Wind of Amnesia). Original title Kaze no Na wa Amunejia. Based on the novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi. Madhouse. Directed by Kazuo Yamazaki. Written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Kenji Kurata and Kazuo Yamazaki. Voice cast includes Keiko Toda, Kappei Yamaguchi and Kazuki Yao. 80 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in the 1990s a wind swept across the world, causing ...

Barlow, Joel

(1754-1812) US diplomat and author, mostly abroad, in France and the UK and elsewhere, from 1788. He is of sf interest for his book-length patriotic poem (see Poetry), The Vision of Columbus (1787; exp vt The Columbiad 1807), the first version of this narrative being a Christian, conservative, nationalistic attempt to create an American Myth of Origin [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Wilson, Robin Scott

(1928-2013) US editor, academic and author, President of California State University, Chico, California, until his retirement in 1993, and thereafter a trustee professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, California. He began publishing sf with "The State of the Art" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in July 1970; his best story is probably "For a While There, Herbert Marcuse, I Thought You Were Maybe Right About Alienation and Eros" (July ...

Baker, Scott

(1947-    ) US-born author, who spent much of his career in France; for most of that career he has written fantasy and horror, some of it with distinction; his only sf novel is his first book, Symbiote's Crown (1978), a slyly intelligent though uneasily metaphysical Space Opera involving intricate hegiras through Parallel Worlds. Its French edition won the 1982 Prix Apollo for best SF novel ...

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 ...



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