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Halacy, D S, Jr

(1919-2002) US author, mostly of nonfiction studies in science and Futures Studies [see Checklist for selected titles]; of direct sf interest are Rocket Rescue (1968), an adventure in Near Future Space Flight, and Return from Luna (1969), which adds a Future War to the mix. [JC]

Mobile Police Patlabor

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1988-1989; vt Mobile Police Patlabor: The Early Days). Original title Kidō Keisatsu Patoreibā. Studio Deen. Created by Headgear. Directed by Mamoru Oshii. Written by Kazunori Ito. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, You Inoue, Ryunosuke Ohbayashi and Mina Tominaga. Seven 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Patlabor is set in 1998, when, in the wake of societal upheavals caused by Climate Change, giant Mecha called Labors perform most of ...

Arreola, Juan José

(1918-2001) Mexican author and academic whose full name was Juan José Arreola Zúñiga. Best known for his fantastic short stories, especially the Kafkaesque "El guardagujas" ["The Switchman"] (7 May 1950 México en la Cultura), he is considered one of Mexico's premier experimental short story authors and one of the masters, alongside Jorge Luis Borges, of the essay-story. Borges also described his work with one word: "freedom. Freedom of an unlimited imagination, ...

Butler, Robert Olen

(1945-    ) US author, much of whose early work intensively capitalized on his experience in the American Army Military Intelligence in Vietnam 1969 to 1972, when he learned to speak Vietnamese. Countrymen of Bones (1983) offers just short of literal Fantastika some analogies between an archaeological mystery and nuclear tests. Some of his later work – like the stories assembled in Tabloid Dreams (coll 1996), each story narrated by someone who has literally experienced ...

Morris, Henry O

(1858-?   ) US author of a Near Future tale of social discontent and revolution, Waiting for the Signal (1897), which climaxes in a benevolent secret society's successful overthrow of the plutocrats of America. [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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