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Neo Tokyo

Japanese animated film (1987). Original title Meikyū Monogatari; vt Manie-Manie. Based on the works of Taku Mayumura. Project Team Argos, Madhouse. Directed and written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Katsuhiro Ōtomo and Rintaro. Executive producer Haruki Kadokawa. Voice cast includes Banjō Ginga, Yū Mizushima, Hiroshi Ōtake and Hideko Yoshida. 50 minutes. Colour. / A science fiction Anthology film built around three tales from Mayumura's Meikyū Monogatari (coll of ...

Pragnell, Festus

Working name of Frank William Pragnell (1905-1977), UK police constable, clerk and author who was known all his life by his father's first name, Festus (even in the 1911 census, his wedding banns and his own will: "Frank William, known as Festus"). He began to publish work of genre interest in the US Pulp magazines with "The Venus Germ" for Wonder Stories in November 1932 with R F Starzl, his own byline here being F Pragnell; one story, "Monsters of the Moon" (1937 Tales of Wonder) appeared as ...

Electric Spec

US low-paying Online Magazine published by Lesley Smith of Boulder, Colorado, initially with the editorial assistance of David Hughes, Renata Hill and Georgia Simonds but now edited by Betsy Dornbusch and David Hughes. Originally published three times a year, the magazine began in Spring 2006 and went quarterly from Spring 2010. The first four volumes, until Winter 2009, were downloadable in pdf format, but issues are now only accessible at the website. Electric Spec is one of the few online ...

Tawada Yōko

(1960-    ) Japanese author, in Germany since 1982, whose output occupies a liminal space between her native and adopted languages. Graduating from Waseda University in Russian literature, she pursued two further degrees in German-speaking Europe, receiving a doctorate in German literature from the University of Zurich in 2000. Her work has luxuriated and exulted in bilingualism ever since her first published work, the poetry collection Nur da wo du bist da ist nichts ...

Laws, Robin D

(1964-    ) Canadian Games designer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Susan" (in The Book of All Flesh, anth 2001, ed James Lowder) and who has written several Ties for the Warhammer Wargame universe, including Warhammer 40,000, beginning with Warhammer: Honour of the Grave (2003); he also contributed City of Heroes: The Freedom Phalanx (2006) to the Massively Multiplayer Online Game City of Heroes. [JC]

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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