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Chronopolis

French/Polish animated film (1982). Production du Cirque, Acteurs Auteurs Associés (AAA), Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA). Directed and written by Piotr Kamler. Music by Luc Ferrari. Colour. / First shown at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, this film exists in two forms: a 67-minute version released in the US in 1983 with narration by Michael Lonsdale and a co-writing credit for Gabrielle Althen (this presumably being the same, or similar, to what was seen at Cannes); and a ...

Morgan, Joseph

(1671-circa 1742) US minister, entrepreneur and author in various modes. His The History of the Kingdom of Basaruah [for subtitle see Checklist] (1715; cut vt Brief History of the Country of Humanity [for subtitle see Checklist] 1728), as by A Traveller in Basaruah, stands as the first prose fiction written and published in what would become the USA. Though more important as an allegory than as an example of Proto SF, Basaruah does represent the narrative of an Imaginary Voyage to an ...

Franklin, Alfred

(1830-1917) French librarian, historian and author whose Les Ruines de Paris en 4875: Documents officiels et inédits (1875; trans Brian Stableford as "The Ruins of Paris in 4875" in Investigations of the Future [anth 2012 pod]) describes an expedition in 4875 from New Caledonia to the ruins of Paris (see Ruins and Futurity), which has been destroyed by a great undescribed Disaster, and whose inhabitants seem to have suffered at least cultural Devolution. The anthropologists (see ...

MacIntyre, F Gwynplaine

(?1948/1949-2010) Allegedly Scots-born author, who took his name by deed poll in the 1970s. He said that he had written under other pseudonyms before becoming MacIntyre, but they have not been revealed; nor has his birth name. According to his own repeated account, he was sent to Australia as a boy under the infamous UK child-migrant programme; but a brother who was traced or came forward after his death has stated that MacIntyre was not Scots-born (though he had Scots ancestry) and that the ...

Krasznahorkai, László

(1954-    ) Hungarian author whose first novel to come to international attention, Sátántangó ["Satan's Tango"] (1985; trans George Szirtes as Satantango 2012), is placed in an isolated, apocalyptically claustrophobic collective farm; the narrative, disjunctively evocative of the works of Franz Kafka, conveys a sense of profound cenotaphic abandonment: for the farm is one of the places of the world that time and history have vacated. Satantango is not a ...

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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