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Doctorow, E L

(1931-2015) US author who remains best known for Ragtime (1975), a novel that evokes the past with a hallucinatory power which edges its real-life and fictional characters into a fable-like milieu (see Fabulation). His first novel of any interest in a fantastic sense, Big as Life (1966), depicts Satirically the Dystopian response of the New York authorities when enormous beings suddenly appear in the city streets. Over the years, he has created a fabulated history for New York, his continuing ...

Tanigawa Nagaru

(1970-    ) Japanese author largely in the Light Novel (chapbook) format, whose works bridge the ever-closing gap between fans of literary sf, Manga and Anime in Japanese culture. A graduate in Law from Kwansei Gakuin University, he first published sf with Dengeki Aegis 5 ["Shock! Aegis 5"] (March 2003 Dengeki Moeō; fixup 2004), a light-hearted pastiche of the kind of television shows in which rubber Monsters are kept at bay by teams of super-powered teenagers (see ...

Earthworm Jim

US animated tv series (1995-1996). AKOM, Flextech Television Limited, Universal Animation Studios. Created by Doug TenNapel, based on the 1994 platform game (see Videogames) of the same name. Directors include Pam Garry, Graham Morris, Sue Peters and Bill Reed. Most episodes written by Doug Langdale. Voice cast includes Charlie Adler, Jeff Bennett, Dan Castellaneta, Jim Cummings, Edward Hibbert, Andrea Martin and Kath Soucie. Twenty-three 21 minute episodes. Colour. / An empty spacesuit ...

Theaker's Quarterly Fiction

UK Amateur Magazine published by Silver Age Books, Birmingham, and produced by Stephen Theaker (1973-    ). It began Spring 2004 and though it has retained the Quarterly reference in its title it has sometimes appeared bimonthly, which is no surprise for a magazine that enjoys being eccentric and unusual. It began very self-indulgently by serializing Theaker's own previously self-published novels Professor Challenger in Space (2000; Spring-Summer 2004) a long overdue but ...

Wagner, Erin K

(?   -    ) US academic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "To See If It Is Possible" in Tales of the Talisman #10 for 17 December 2014. The Green and Growing (2019 chap), a densely constructed novella with Planetary Romance intonations, follows the life of the daughter of the ruler of a planet that has successfully defeated the people of an adjoining world. She is formally exchanged with an opposing figure, and finds that the planet ...

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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