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Katō Naoyuki

(1952-    ) Japanese artist whose name is sometimes romanized as Naoyuki Katoh; of interest largely for book covers and internal Illustration. He has exerted a strong influence on sf's self-perception in Japan, both within prose fiction and in the related fields of Anime and Manga. Katō became active in fandom while still a student at the Chiyoda Design Academy, subsequently becoming one of the founder members of the art company Studio Nue (see Haruka Takachiho). / ...

Winsor, G McLeod

(1856-1939) UK author in whose first sf novel, Station X (1919), a psychic Invasion from Mars is repelled by an Earth-Venus alliance, despite the Martians' use of an Antigravity device and advanced Weapons to power a hijacked warship; in 1975 the book was reprinted with an introduction by Richard Gid Powers which mystifyingly claims it to be an important work. In The Mysterious Disappearances (1926; vt Vanishing Men 1927) a Mad Scientist discovers a new Element which allows him to levitate his ...

Newton, Alex

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel, Posterity: Its Verdicts and its Methods; Or, Democracy A D 2010 (London: Williams and Norgate, 1897) anonymous, a Sleeper Awakes tale whose protagonist discovers the Utopian world of 2010, which has evolved on lines described by Edward Bellamy in Looking Backward (1888). Much of the text is given over to discussion. [JC]

Rayner, Mark A

(?   -    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Any Port in a Storm" for Parsec for Summer 1999; in The Amadeus Net (2005), an Immortal Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has survived into the Near Future, where – after a world-shaking Disaster – he has assisted in the construction of a Utopia; a few years later, in 2028, he applies for a sex change. The book is a Satire, with many targets. Marvellous Hairy (2009) is also a ...


Film (2008). The Weinstein Company and Virtual Films present an Ascendant Pictures and VIP 4 production in association with Rising Star. Directed by Howard McCain. Written by Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain. Cast includes Jim Caviezel, John Hurt, Jack Huston, Sophia Myles and Ron Perlman. 115 minutes. Colour. / Mysterious Stranger Kainan (Caviezel) crash-lands his Spaceship close to the Scandinavian Iron Age settlement of Heorot, spilling into its midst an off-world Alien called a ...

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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