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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 ...

Fusion Fragment

Canadian Online Magazine, first series low-paying, published by Apodis Publishing, Ottawa, and edited by Cavan Terrill. Its first issue was in March 2007 and it has appeared on roughly a quarterly schedule since then. It is one of the few webzines which states categorically that it only wants science fiction, and has no interest in fantasy or horror, although its sf tastes tend to the extreme, with preferences for Cyberpunk and Slipstream. Most of its fiction has been by promising hopefuls, ...

Trebor, Robert

Pseudonym of an unidentified US author (?   -    ). "Robert Trebor", a palindrome, is a frequently used Pseudonym and no presumption is made here that this author has written other work bearing the same name; he is not, for instance, Robert Trebor, the television actor, nor the singer-songwriter Robert Trebor. The Trebor featured in this entry is the author of an sf novel, An Xt Called Stanley (1983), featuring an Alien on Earth. [JC]


The most dramatic fictional quirks of human memory are its loss or external manipulation, as discussed in the entries for Amnesia and Memory Edit (see also Dream Hacking). Also of occasional sf interest is the phenomenon of photographic or eidetic memory, sometimes treated as a minor Superpower. Among the best-known examples are: the eponym of Jorge Luis Borges's "Funes el memorioso" (June 1942 La Nación; trans Anthony Kerrigan as "Funes the Memorious"), whose gift is something of a ...

Laney, Francis T

(1914-1958) US fan, author, critic and Fanzine publisher whose publication of greatest genre significance was The Acolyte (14 issues 1942-1946), an Amateur Magazine centred on H P Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. A resulting spinoff was Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890-1937): A Tentative Bibliography (1943 chap) with Bill Evans. / Laney's fanzine Fan-Dango (25 issues 1943-1950; also known as Fan Dango or Fandango) was also highly regarded in Fandom, where however he is best remembered for ...

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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