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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Top o Nerae

["Aim for the Top"]. Animated video series (1988 Japan; vt Gunbuster, 1990 US). Gainax, Bandai Emotion. Directed by Hideaki Anno. Written by Hideaki Anno and Toshio Okada. Cast includes Noriko Hidaka, Maria Kawamura, Rei Sakuma and Norio Wakamoto. 180 minutes (6 x 30 minutes). Five episodes colour, last episode mainly black and white. / A Future War Anime in which the teenage Noriko ...

Walters, Eric

(1957-    ) Canadian teacher and author, most of his seventy or so Young Adult tales being nonfantastic, though he has begun in the twenty-first century to publish sf. The End of Days sequence, comprising End of Days (2011) Regenesis (2015), centres on a UFO-like scenario, the abduction by Aliens of the world's best Scientists, ...

Brians, Paul

(1942-    ) US academic, currently Emeritus Professor of English at Washington State University since he retired in 2008, and author of the notable specialist Bibliography Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984 (1987), which summarizes more than 800 World War Three and short-term Post-Holocaust fictional scenarios, many directly depicting ...

Ōtomo Katsuhiro

(1954-    ) Japanese Manga creator and film-maker, who became the most famous Anime director abroad in the early 1990s, largely on the basis of a single film. Like Hayao Miyazaki in the following decade, he occupied an iconic position as the face of the medium, despite conceiving much of his output in reaction to it. His comics debut, not sf, was with "Jūsei" ["Gun Report"] (August ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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