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Imperial Gothic

A term used mainly in literary criticism to describe a complex of motifs, venues and paranoia-inducing utterances whose main burden – that the Western world is under deadly attack from outside its borders – is sometimes narrated in nonfantastic terms, sometimes in terms expressive of Fantastika's not always temperate concern with who rules the planet (see also Gothic SF; Secret Masters). Patrick Brantlinger suggests, in his Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, ...

Mowll, Joshua

(1970-    ) UK graphic artist and author of the Young Adult Guild of Specialists sequence, comprising Operation Red Jericho (2005), Operation Typhoon Shore (2006) and Operation Storm City (2008); set in the 1920s, the tales combine Lost Race and Steampunk conventions in a Ripping Yarns fashion that evokes comparisons to writers like Michael Moorcock and Alan Moore, to the A Series of Unfortunate Events sequence by Lemony Snicket, and to the various Indiana Jones films ...

Mind Game

Japanese animated film (2004). Based on the Manga by Robin Nishi. Studio 4°C. Directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa. Voice cast includes Takashi Fujii, Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda and Seiko Takuma. 103 minutes. Colour. / After an opening fast-cut montage, set to ominous music, of events surrounding the life of 20 year old aspiring manga artist Nishi (Imada), we see him running into his old school crush, Myon (Maeda). Then their relationship had gone nowhere because of his indecisiveness; ...

Oliver, Owen

Pseudonym of UK civil servant and author Joshua Albert Flynn (1863-1933), active in various genres, publishing prolifically in magazines, always as by Owen Oliver, from before the end of the nineteenth century; his books, including at least two novels, were nonfantastic. During his lifetime, his work of genre interest was published solely in magazines, the first of these perhaps being "The Man Who Could Not Forget" (10 October 1902 The London Magazine); many later tales appeared in The Yellow ...

Pulp [fanzine]

1. US Fanzine (1970-1981) edited by Robert E Weinberg. 14 issues from #1 (Fall 1970) to #13 (Fall 1981), the count being made up by the interpolated #5½ (July 1973); US quarto format from #1 to #5 (July 1973); octavo from #6 (Summer 1974) onward. This fanzine focused on the Pulp magazine tradition and featured many interviews with pulp authors such as Frederick C Davis and Walter B Gibson. Contributors included Edmond Hamilton on Captain Future (#3, Summer 1971) – with the opening ...

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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