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Bazterrica, Agustina

(1974-    ) Argentinian author of the Near Future Cadáver exquisito (2017; trans Sarah Moses as Tender Is the Flesh 2020), set in a world where a Pandemic caused by a fatal virus very readily transmissible from animals to humans has generated a point of Transition, after which, all "lower" creatures having been destroyed, it has become necessary, if only in a culinary sense, for humans to become food. Suspicions are aroused that the governments of the world – ...

Craft, Kinuko Y

(1940-    ) American artist, born in Japan. After receiving a BFA from a prestigious Japanese art school, she moved to America to obtain further training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, remaining in the city first to work for several studios, and then to launch a career as a freelance professional in 1970. She initially provided her distinctive artwork for diverse publications, including magazines like Time, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic, but she ...

Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension, The

Film (1984). Sherwood Productions. Directed by W D Richter. Written by Earl Mac Rauch. Cast includes Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Weller. 103 minutes. Colour. / The crazed but incoherent tale of rock-musician-neurosurgeon-particle-physicist Banzai (Weller), a kind of imaginary 1930s pulp hero with a distinctly 1980s ambience. In this episode Banzai defeats an alien Invasion which began in 1938 (as described by Orson Welles, who pretended it was ...

Hanmura Ryō

Pseudonym of Japanese sf author Heitarō Kinō (1933-2002), often also romanized as Ryō Hammura. A sometime cabaret bartender and advertising executive, he drifted into an authorial career with "Shōkaku" ["Harvest"] (March 1963 S-F Magazine), which won a consolation prize in a new authors competition run by the publisher Hayakawa Shobō. / Running throughout his oeuvre is a vigorous mistrust of authority and the establishment, particularly the collusion of big business ...

Plato

(circa 429-347 BCE) Greek philosopher, included here partly because his dialogues Timaeus and its appendix Critias (circa 350 BCE) have been taken as examples of Proto SF in their vivid description of Atlantis, a fortified circular Island City on a plateau, embedding in a sketchy (but useful) narrative glimpses of a communal society. The sinking of Atlantis below the sea 9,000 years previously is also mentioned. Significantly, Plato does not date the catastrophe as happening at some unplaceable ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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