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Salisbury, William

(1875-?   ) US author of two novels of sf interest. The American Emperor (1913) is a Dystopia in which an American speculator destroys all opposition to his ambitions, and becomes Emperor of America. In his Satire, The Squareheads: The Story of a Socialized State: A Futuristic Novel (1929), a pilot, losing conscious during a stunt, enters Suspended Animation, awakening 400 years later to find that America, now known as Usofmera, has been literally transformed into a Utopia ...

Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop

This long-standing US workshop enrols beginning writers who are interested in writing sf. It consists of intensive writing and discussion sessions under the direction of known sf writers, who have included Orson Scott Card, Terry Carr, Samuel Delany, Thomas M Disch, Harlan Ellison, Karen Joy Fowler, John Kessel, Damon Knight, Nancy Kress, Margo Lanagan, George R R Martin, Ursula K Le Guin, Tim Powers, Lewis Shiner and Kate Wilhelm. The first three sessions were held at Clarion State College in ...

Gurren Lagann

Japanese animated tv series (2007). Original title Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan. Gainax. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Narushi Ikeda, Marina Inoue, Tetsuya Kakihara, Katsuyuki Konishi and Masaya Onosaka. 27 24-minute episodes. Colour. / After the leader of the Underground village of Gihal mocks the claim of teenager Kamina (Konishi) that there is a surface world, Gihal is attacked by a Mecha. With the help of gun-toting Yoko (Inoue), Kamina and ...

Ruins and Futurity

Ruins are not a necessary prelude to Futurity. A ruined structure may be nothing more than a structure that has fallen into illegible ruins (see Entropy), leaving no message for us to draw upon: no warning to the world we live in, no anticipation of things to come. But from time immemorial a Ruin, or in more recent times an Edifice constructed in the shape of a Ruin [for Edifice see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], has also been understood as a ruined structure meant to be ...

Zager and Evans

US pop group comprising Denny Zager (1943-    ) and Rick Evans (1943-2018). The Platonic form of the one-hit-wonder, Zager and Evans topped both US and UK charts with their earnest anthem "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" (1969) and never afterwards had another hit record. The song hops at 1010-year intervals from the title date through to the Far Future of the ninety-sixth century ("In the year 9595, I'm kinda wonderin' if Man is gonna be alive") by way of ...

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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