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Cultural Engineering

A phrase not especially common in sf Terminology, although what it refers to is fundamental to the genre. The idea of humans deliberately altering the nature of alien cultures (or of Aliens doing it to us), or indeed of doing the same to isolated cultures on Earth or colony worlds, is often evoked in sf – sometimes approvingly, slightly more often disapprovingly. This is especially so in stories in which Anthropology, Colonization of Other Worlds and Sociology are dominant themes. ...

Vigliante, Mary

Working name of Mary Vigliante Szydlowski (1946-    ), who has also published sf as by Jarl Szydlow; she writes woman-centred tales whose taste for violence has struck from the first a note of ambivalence. Titles include The Ark (1978) as by Jarl Szydlow and the Aftermath Books, a Post-Holocaust sequence comprising The Colony (1979) and The Land (1979). Also as Vigliante she has published two similar tales: Source of Evil (1979) and Worship the Night (1982). Unlike most ...

Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä

Animated film (1984 Japan; heavily cut vt Warriors of the Wind, 1985; uncut release as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, 2005). Nibariki, Hakuhodo, Tokuma, Tōei. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Written by Hayao Miyazaki. Cast includes Goro Naya, Yoshihiko Sakakibara and Sumi Shimamoto. 116 minutes. Colour. / Much imitated Ecology Anime, set on a Ruined Earth a thousand years after an environmental Disaster. A pro-technology faction, led by the Tolmekian Empire's Princess Kushana ...

Scoggins, C E

(1888-1955) Mexican-born author, of American parents, in USA from an early age. Most of his work consists of adventure tales; of sf interest is the Colin O'Leary sequence comprising The House of Dawn (17 February-24 March 1934 Saturday Evening Post; 1935) fertile in the Amazonian hinterland, drain lake and find relics of a strange race and Lost Road (1941); in the first, O'Leary discovers an artificial lake far up the Amazon River which, when drained, reveals relics of a Lost Race, and in the ...

Høeg, Peter

(1957-    ). Danish author, much of whose work seems essentially Equipoisal between various modes – the stressed realism of De måske egnede (1993; trans Barbara Haveland as Borderliners 1994); the faux-folkloric idioms of some of the tales assembled in Fortællinger om natten (coll of linked stories 1990; trans Barbara Haveland as Tales of the Night 1997); the Magic Realist National Origin Story given a Nordic cast in Forestilling om det Tyvende ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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