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Wojtowicz, Douglas P

(1970-    ) Author who under the House Name James Axler has contributed several later volumes to the long Outlanders sequence of Ruined Earth sf, discussed in more detail in the entry for James Axler. [DRL]

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer

Japanese animated film (1984). Kitty Films, Pierrot. Directed and written by Mamoru Oshii. Voice cast includes Takuya Fujioka, Toshio Furukawa, Fumi Hirano, Michihiro Ikemizu, Akira Kamiya, Saeko Shimazu and Machiko Washio. 99 minutes. Colour. / The second of the six films made as part of the Urusei Yatsura franchise, based on the Manga by Rumiko Takahashi. Oshii also directed seasons one and two of the television series, as well as the first film, Urusei Yatsura: Only You (1983). Though ...

Weather Control

The human dream of controlling the weather is an old one. It appears in Proto SF in Samuel Johnson's Rasselas (1759), in the unreliable words of a Mad Scientist astronomer: "I have possessed, for five years, the regulation of weather, and the distribution of seasons: the sun has listened to my dictates, and passed, from tropick to tropick, by my direction; the clouds, at my call have poured their waters...." / Jane Loudon's anonymously published The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second ...

Castletown, Lord

Title used for his fiction by UK author Bernard Edward Barnaby FitzPatrick (1848-1937); The Secret of the Lamas (1889), published anonymously, is an unremarkable Lost Race tale, set in a hidden City in Tibet whose savants are adepts at advanced Physics; the awkwardly couched tales in A Bundle of Lies (coll 1924) include a story about Atlantis rediscovered, and one in which civilization is threatened by a Yellow Peril. [JC]

Rigg, Robert B

(1913-1986) US soldier and author of several nonfiction texts on military topics. His sf novel War – 1974 (1958) puts into the didactic fictional form of a Future-War narrative about World War Three his speculations about developments in Weapons and tactics. After an initial exchange of nuclear ICBMs, and an attempted Soviet Invasion of America, East and West settle down to conventional conflict dominated by much implausible non-nuclear gimmickry. [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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