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Salvatore, R A

(1959-    ) US author, almost exclusively of Fantasy, and a specialist in the Forgotten Realms fantasy universe, for which he has written many Ties (his pure fantasy is not listed below). The Chronicles of Ynis Aielle sequence, opening with Echoes of the Fourth Magic (1990) is essentially fantasy but set on a future Post-Holocaust Earth where Magic reigns and which the present-day protagonist reaches via Timeslip while on a submarine passing through the Bermuda Triangle. Of ...


Japanese animated tv series (2001). Original title Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu ["Jungle: Always Fine, With a Chance of Guu"]. Shin-Ei Animation. Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. Written by Michiko Yokote, based on the Manga by Renjuro Kindaichi. Voice cast includes Rikako Aikawa, Kaoru Morota and Naoko Watanabe. 26 23-minute episodes, plus thirteen OVAs. Colour. / Ten-year-old Hare (Aikawa) lives happily in a jungle community with his carefree alcoholic mother Weda (Morota), but when she ...

Arrival, The

US/Mexican film (1996). Live Entertainment, Steelwork Films, Mediaworks. Directed and written by David Twohy. Cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Ron Silver and Charlie Sheen. 115 minutes. Colour. / Low-budget Paranoid sf thriller in which the hapless radio-astronomer protagonist Zane Zaminsky (Sheen), working on SETI at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, detects an Extraterrestrial radio Communication from the relatively near Star Wolf 333. His supervisor Phil Gordian (Silver) ...

Soule, Charles

(1974-    ) US Comics writer and author; he has written scripts for DC Comics' Swamp Thing, though much of his more recent work has been for Marvel Comics, including work derived from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. / Soule's first novel, The Oracle Year (2018), while focusing on its protagonist, who has been suddenly gifted with Precognitive powers, explores with some subtlety the implications of such powers in the almost infinitely interwoven webs of information that ...

Smith, Dale

(1976-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Puppet King" in Missing Pieces (anth 2001) edited by Shaun Lyon and Mark Phippen. He has since focused on Tie work for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Heritage (2002) for the Doctor Who BBC Past Doctors subseries; and for the Time Hunter Shared World sequence beginning (and perhaps stopping) with The Albino's Dancer (2006). [JC]

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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