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Tuca and Bertie

US animated online tv series (2019-current). Netflix. Created by Lisa Hanawalt. Executive producers include Noel Bright, Steven A Cohen, Lisa Hanawalt and Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Directors include Aaron Long and Amy Winfrey. Writers include Gonzalo Cordova, Karen Graci, Lisa Hanawalt and Rachelle R Williams. Voice cast includes Tiffany Haddish, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun. Twenty 25-minute episodes. Colour. / This is the story of outgoing, disorganized Tuca (Haddish) and quiet, anxiety-prone ...

Astor, John Jacob

(1864-1912) US businessman, inventor and author, great-grandson of the celebrated fur trader; he was one of four authors of sf (the others are Jacques Futrelle, F D Millet and W T Stead) known to have gone down with the Titanic. His A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894) features an Antigravity device – Apergy, borrowed from Percy Greg's Across the Zodiac (1880) – that powers a craft in a tour of the solar system in 2000 CE. Earth itself is a Utopia dominated by a ...

Erickson, Steve

Working name of US author Stephen Michael Erickson (1950-    ), active as a journalist for some years before his first novel, Days Between Stations (1985), quickly established his reputation as an author of dark, journey-haunted, surreal Fabulations about the USA and the twentieth century. Labyrinthine figurations of apocalypse dominate his grey and hyperbolic landscapes; but a powerful sense of geography, notable also in the first Surrealists, gives each of his novels a ...

Pon, Cindy

(?   -    ) Taiwan-born painter and author, in USA from 1980, most of whose work has been Young Adult fantasy, as are her first series, the Silver Phoenix sequence beginning with Silver Phoenix (2009), and the Kingdom of Xia 2 sequence beginning with Serpentine (2015), which is set in ancient China. She is of sf interest for her third series, the Want sequence beginning with Want (2017), a Young Adult narrative set in a Near Future Taipei plagued by Pollution ...

Hughes, Rhys

(1966-    ) Welsh author of a very large number of stories to date, his stated life's ambition being to create an interlocking sequence of 1000 tales, the whole to comprise a sequence now called Pandora's Bluff. In 2022 he announced completion of this project, with some stories yet to be published. Most of this work, beginning with "Cutting Back" for Peeping Tom in 1993, runs a gamut of the fantastic in literature from scattergun Fabulation to rigorous narrative designs of ...

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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