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Pickover, Clifford A

(1957-    ) US scientist, journalist and author, best known for a wide range of nonfiction texts in which narrative illustrations from Mathematics and Biology and other sciences are used to stimulate the creativity and to awaken the urge to numeracy in his readers. These include Computers, Pattern, Chaos, and Beauty (1990) (see Computers), Chaos in Wonderland: Visual Adventures in a Fractal World (1994), Black Holes: A Traveler's Guide (1996) (see Black Holes), Time: A ...

Ramón y Cajal, Santiago

(1852-1934) Spanish neuroscientist, artist and author; in his research into the structure of the micron, he established that the relationship between nerve cells was not continuous but contiguous, which has done something to save modern neurological science from excessively holistic presumptions; the Nobel Prize in medicine which he won in 1906 was primarily for this work. As a medical artist he was very well known; many of his drawings of the micro-architecture of the brain are still used. / ...

Fusion Fragment

Canadian Online Magazine, first series low-paying, published by Apodis Publishing, Ottawa, and edited by Cavan Terrill. Its first issue was in March 2007 and it has appeared on roughly a quarterly schedule since then. It is one of the few webzines which states categorically that it only wants science fiction, and has no interest in fantasy or horror, although its sf tastes tend to the extreme, with preferences for Cyberpunk and Slipstream. Most of its fiction has been by promising hopefuls, ...


Film (1961; vt Mothra). Toho. Directed by Ishirō Honda. Written by Shinichi Sekizawa, based on a story by Shinichiro Nakamura, Takehido Fukunaga, Yoshi Hotta. Cast includes Emi Ito, Yumi Ito, Kyoko Kagawa, Hiroshi Koizumi and Frankie Sakai. 100 minutes. Colour. / Aficionados of Japanese Monster Movies find their delight not only in the monsters themselves: the attraction depends also on the sheer bizarreness, to Western eyes and ears, of the stories and dialogue. Mosura is perhaps the ...

Van der Naillen, A

(1830-1928) Belgian-born occultist and author, in USA most of his life. His Magi sequence beginning with On the Heights of Himalay (1890) is of some sf interest for its attempts to mash together Theosophy, the Secret Masters who promulgate that doctrine and control the world from the eponymous mountains, and an Aztec Lost Race. [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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