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Weitz, Chris

(1969-    ) US screenwriter, producer, director and author, whose version of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (2007), which he directed and for which he wrote the screenplay, received some criticism for its softening of the author's iconoclastic take on Religion. Weitz is of specific sf interest for his Young World sequence comprising The Young World (2014), The New Order (2015) and The Revival (2016), a Young Adult series set in a Near Future New York after a medical ...

Takahashi Rumiko

(1957-    ) Japanese comics creator, notable through being a female author largely for magazines with predominantly male readerships, whose best-selling status by the late 1980s helped to propel her to foreign attention. She remains one of the Manga industry's most prominent celebrities, regularly appearing in annual lists of Japan's highest tax-payers, and hence one of the most successful Women SF Writers in the world. / Citing the satires of Yasutaka Tsutsui and the ...

Strange Fantasy

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co; compiled anonymously by Cohen. Six issues, three in 1969 (#8-#10) and three in 1970 (#11-#13). The strange numbering is related to the temporary death in 1969 of Science Fiction Classics after #8, but Strange Fantasy is not simply a variant title of the latter, which began again in 1971 with #12. Also, Strange Fantasy concentrated on fantasy (while printing some sf), mostly reprinted from Fantastic ...

Cooper, Giles

(1918-1966) Irish actor and screenwriter, a prolific adapter of others' works to radio and television. His original scripts include Loop (1963), about an invasion of present-day Britain from the future, and The Other Man (1964), which he novelized as The Other Man: A Novel Based on his Play for Television (1964), a Hitler Wins tale set in an Alternate History version of post-World War Two Britain, where Hitler, his life extended through Cybernetics, rules. Cooper was awarded an OBE in 1960. ...

Lebow, Richard Ned

(1941-    ) French-born political scientist, in US from infancy, prolific in his field for many years; he is of sf interest for two recent volumes. Forbidden Fruit: Counterfactuals and International Relations (2010) is a sustained analysis of Alternate History narratives, which he calls Counterfactuals, a term perhaps too easily understood to imply that historical facts are safely determinable; it is not frequently used in this encyclopedia. Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!: ...

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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