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Lugones, Leopoldo

Working name of Argentine teacher, journalist and author Leopoldo Lugones Argüello (1874-1938), a central figure in the early twentieth century development of sf in that country; he was an extremely early Modernist – Spanish American Modernism flourished circa 1880-1920 – a movement whose goal was to integrate the variegated literatures of Latin America into the dominant European tradition, without losing the autonomy of the native: a task which, if successfully accomplished, ...

Kensch, Otto

An Australian pseudonym, or more likely House Name, used on several unremarkable Scientific Thrillers titles. Of most sf interest are Time Has a Door (1949 chap), in which a twentieth-century scientist Time-Travels to a Ruined Earth where Devolution has created Monsters, and Sleep Is Death (coll 1950 chap), the title story involving a crime writer and his Doppelganger, a figure who literally takes over its sibling's body. The Kensch byline was also used for four stories in the Australian ...

Sinclair, Iain

(1943-    ) UK bookseller (retired), poet and author whose fiction is better described as Fantastika than as sf proper, just as the work of his main American mentor, William S Burroughs can be so designated. Studies and mythopoetic explorations of London, comprising a large body of fiction and nonfiction, have provided Sinclair with a central focus from the beginning of his career. Lud Heat: A Book of the Dead Hamlets (1975), a narrative prose-poem which fabricates a ...

Berliner, Janet

(1939-2012) South African-born author and editor, in the US from the mid-1960s, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Negwenya" as Janet Gluckman in Dragons of Darkness (anth 1981); this is an advance excerpt from her first novel Rite of the Dragon (1981) as Janet Gluckman, a Horror-slanted thriller featuring ancient witchcraft and modern terrorism in a South African setting. The Madagascar Manifesto trilogy written as Janet Gluckman with George Guthridge – opening with Child ...

Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

Japanese animated tv series (1982-1983). Original title Chōjikū Yōsai Makurosu. Studio Nue, Tatsunoko Production. Directed by Noboru Ishiguro. Written by Ken'ichi Matsuzaki. Voice cast includes Mika Doi, Michio Hazama, Arihiro Hase and Mari Iijima. 36 25-minute episodes. Colour. / In 1999 a deserted space battleship (see Starship) crashes into the Earth, proof both of intelligent Alien life and a War in space. A united Earth government is formed and ten years later 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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