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Chaviano, Daína

(1957-    ) Daína Chaviano is one of the most relevant Cuban authors today. Her career as a writer begun in sf and fantasy, but after moving to Miami in 1991 she became mostly a mainstream writer. However, she has never abandoned her commitment to fantasy, and has re-edited all her sf works outside of Cuba. / In 1979, Chaviano became the first author to win the sf edition of the prestigious David Award for new writers with the collection Los mundos que amo ["The ...

Kariya Tetsu

(1941-    ) Chinese-born Japanese comics writer, in Australia since 1988, whose early works were chiefly muscular men's Manga featuring gangland violence and histrionic struggles for power. Among these, there is little of genre interest save perhaps Otoko Ōzora ["Man Big Sky"] (1980-1982 Shōnen Sunday) which, in importing Wuxia tropes to the Japanese mainland, flirts with Fantastika in a modern setting. In the Children's SF field, Kariya's early Mecha tale Ginga ...

Spider-Man 2

Film (2004). Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Enterprises/Laura Ziskin production. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Alvin Sargent, based on the Marvel Comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. Cast includes Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Tobey Maguire and Alfred Molina. 127 minutes. Colour. / Spider-Man 2, Raimi's idiosyncratic sequel, sees Peter Parker (Maguire) deal with the problems of becoming an adult. Unable to cope with the demands of being a Superhero and of his personal life, Parker ...

Amano Yoshitaka

(1952-    ) Japanese artist, rare in the contemporary medium for eschewing the Manga cash-cow in favour of portraiture, book illustration and design. Amano's early work, while still in his teens, was at the Tatsunoko Anime studio, where he soon rose to the rank of character designer establishing the baseline images from which the pool of animators would create the animation itself on shows such as Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman II ["Science Ninja Team Gatchaman II"] (1978 Japan ...

Oldrey, John

(?   -?   ) Pseudonym of an unidentified UK author based in the Pancras area of London, whose sf novel is The Devil's Henchmen (1926). Unusually for a Lost Race tale, this is set in the future; it locates the lost realm north of India, where advanced Technology allows its inhabitants to maintain a secret Utopia. [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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