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Takachiho Haruka

Pseudonym of Kimiyoshi Takekawa (1951-    ), a Japanese author of sf and heroic Fantasy. While still a social science student at Hōsei University in 1972, he co-founded the design company Crystal Arts. Renamed Studio Nue in 1974, it became an influential cog in the Anime industry, credited with contributions to Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982-1983) and Uchū Senkan Yamato. A writer in a team of designers and illustrators, Takachiho called on Studio Nue's ...

AC Comics

US publisher of various Comics titles, founded in Florida in 1969 by Bill Black, known originally as Paragon Publications and from 1982 to 1984 as Americomics. While primarily publishing a great deal of 1940s Golden Age comics material in various genres, AC Comics is best known for its female Superhero titles. The most famous of these is Femforce (1985-current), believed to be the first all-female superhero team in US comics. This team's roster changes on a regular basis and includes some ...

Erdrich, Louise

(1954-    ) US author whose many novels, most set in or adjacent to Ojibwe/Chippewa country in North Dakota, have strongly and rightly shaped the presentation of Native American experience over the past century of life under the complex and oppressive surveillance of a guilt-ridden but compulsively exploitive conqueror civilization. Most of her fiction, beginning with Love Medicine (coll of linked stories 1984; exp 1993), have treated with a reticent literalness some aspects ...


Film (1974). John Boorman Productions/Twentieth Century Fox. Produced, directed and written by John Boorman. Cast includes John Alderton, Sean Connery, Sara Kestelman and Charlotte Rampling. 105 minutes. Colour. / A future society on the Ruined Earth is divided into two regions: the Vortex and the Outlands, separated by an impenetrable Force Field. Within the Vortex live the Eternals – Immortal, possessed of high Technology and given to a decadent aestheticism – while in the ...

Pollard, Leslie

(?   -?   ) UK author of Menace: A Novel of the Near Future (1935), in which a Russian Invasion of the UK by air is mounted in the Near Future; and repulsed. [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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