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Liddle, Carl

(1897-1968) US journalist and author of Tunchi (1933) with David Thibault, an unusually well-researched Lost Race tale set in South America and attempting to present the possible characteristics of an ancient Amerindian civilization. [JC]

Tenkū no shiro Laputa

Japanese animated film (1986; vt Laputa: Castle in the Sky; Castle in the Sky; Laputa: The Flying Island). Studio Ghibli. Directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Voice cast includes Kotoe Hatsui, Mayumi Tanaka, Minori Terada and Keiko Yokozawa. 126 minutes. Colour. / This film is inspired by the flying Island of Laputa in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735). In some countries "Laputa" is absent from the film's title, due to its Spanish meaning (of which Swift was well ...

Huizinga, Johan

(1872-1945) Dutch historian, linguist, and philosopher who is best known internationally for two books. In Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen: Studie over Levens- en Gedachtenvormen der 14de en 15de Eeuw in Frankrijk en de Nederlanden (1919; cut trans Frits Hopman as The Waning of the Middle Ages 1924; full trans Diane Webb as Autumntide of the Middle Ages [for subtitles see Checklist below] 2020), an emphasis on aesthetically heightened romantic courtesy and chivalry as a bastion against Decadence ...

Footprints on the Moon

Film (1975; vt Le orme; Primal Impulse). Cinemarte. Produced by Luciano Preugia. Directed by Luigi Bazzoni and Mario Fanelli. Written by Bazzoni and Fanelli based on the novel Las Huellas by Fanelli. Cast includes Florinda Bolkan, Nicoletta Elmi, Kalus Kinski and Peter McEnry. 96 minutes, sometimes cut to 83 minutes. Colour with black and white sequences. / Alice Crespi (Bolkan) ia a Portuguese translator living in Rome. She awakens one day to find that she has a three-day long lapse in her ...

Powell, Gerald

Working name of UK author William Gerald Howell Powell Edwards (1891-1955). His All Things New (1926) is an sf tale in which a Scientist, through the power of his Inventions, successfully ends all War. [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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