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Frankenstein Monster

The term is in general use, not only in sf Terminology but in common parlance, to mean a Monster that ultimately turns and rends its irresponsible creator. Readers of sf are aware that in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley original novel, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1811; rev 1831), Frankenstein was the name of the creator and not of the monster; in popular usage and pop-culture iconography, however, it is all too often assumed that the unnamed monster itself is Frankenstein. It should ...

Kill La Kill

Japanese animated tv series (2013-2014). Trigger. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Kinryu Arimoto, Ami Koshimizu, Romi Park, Toshihiko Seki, Yukari Tamura and Ryoka Yuzuki. 24 24-minute episodes plus one OVA. Colour. / Student Ryuko Matoi (Koshimizu), hunting her father's killer, joins Honnouji Academy. It is run by the student council, led by Satsuki Kiryuin (Yuzuki), the daughter of Ragyo Kiryuin (Park), whose companies make 90% of the world's ...

Mortimore, Jim

(1962-    ) UK author who specializes in Ties, mostly for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Lucifer Rising (1993) with Andy Lane, though he has also contributed to the Babylon 5 universe, beginning with Babylon 5 Book 4: Clark's Law (1996). Space Truckers (1997) which is standalone, novelizes the film Space Truckers (1996), failing to make much of a genre-mixing tale in which truckers and cowboys and pirates are confusedly brought ...

Sinclair, Andrew

(1935-2019) UK author of much fiction and nonfiction who was also a screenwriter and movie director. The Project (1960) comes as close to nuclear Holocaust as possible – a doomsday Weapon is just about to go off as the final page ends – without actually meeting the End of the World head-on. / His major contribution to Fantastika is the Albion Triptych – Gog (1967), Magog (1972) and King Ludd (1988) – a Fabulation about the Matter of Britain [see The Encyclopedia of ...

Buchanan, Ginjer

(1944-    ) US editor and occasional author, active in Fandom from 1968, who while employed as a social worker in New York from the early 1970s carried out freelance work for sf publishers: she was consulting editor for the Star Trek Ties at Pocket Books and an outside reader for the US Science Fiction Book Club. In 1984 she became a full-time editor at the Putnam/Berkley-owned Ace Books, with subsequent promotions to Senior Editor (1987), Executive Editor (1994), and Senior ...

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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