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Aqueduct Press

Seattle-based Small Press founded in 2004 by L Timmel Duchamp, which describes itself as "bringing challenging feminist science fiction to the demanding reader". Its titles, over forty to date, include both fiction and criticism. These titles include several of Duchamp's own books, though her work with Aqueduct as editor has consumed much of her time since 2004. Aqueduct's other authors include Eleanor Arnason, Suzy McKee Charnas, Nicola Griffith, Gwyneth Jones, Ursula K Le Guin, Rosaleen Love, ...


Japanese animated tv series (2002). Madhouse. Based on the Manga by CLAMP. Directed by Morio Asaka. Writers include Jukki Hanada, Genjiro Kaneko and Sumio Uetake. Voice cast includes Isshin Chiba, Kikuko Inoue, Tomokazu Sugita and Rie Tanaka. 26 25-minute episodes, plus two OVAs. Colour. / When country boy Hideki Motosuwa (Sugita) moves to Tokyo to attend Prep School, he sees his first persocoms – combined servants and Internet connections (their name derives from "personal Computer") ...

Andreae, Johann Valentin

(1586-1654) German theologian and author, whose name has also appeared as Andreä, and who was long credited with the authorship of all three early seventeenth-century texts describing the purported ancient group or Pariah Elite known as the Rosicrucians; he is now credited only with the third of them, the conspicuously fictional Chymische Hochzeit Christians Rosenkreutz ["The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz"] (1616; trans E Foxcroft as The Hermetick Romance, or the Chymical ...

Ewok Adventure, The

Made-for-tv film (1984; vt Caravan of Courage). Lucasfilm/Korty Films for ABC TV. Executive producer George Lucas. Directed by John Korty. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Aubree Miller and Eric Walker. 120 minutes, cut to 97 minutes. Colour. / When the family spaceship crashes on an alien moon, the parents are captured by a monster and their two children cared for by Ewoks, the teddy-bear aliens first seen in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). After a long trek, the ...

Verney, John

(1913-1993) UK illustrator and author, active in the former capacity after active service in World War Two, which he described in Going to the Wars (1955). He is of sf interest for some titles in the Callendars sequence of Young Adult tales beginning with Friday's Tunnel (1959), this first volume narrated by February, the oldest Callendar daughter, who helps uncover the true nature of caprium, seemingly a mysterious mineral found on the Island of Capria which is located somewhere in the ...

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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