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Found Footage

A term infelicitously but irreversibly appropriated since 1999 to denote fictional feature films, particularly in Horror genres, which emulate venerable epistolary and documentary modes of textuality by using elements of non-fiction film form and simulated amateur-video footage. (Previously the term had marked a class of documentary film distinguished by the incorporation of archive and amateur footage into an assembled feature with or without commentary, a usage which persists in film studies; ...

Squid Girl

Japanese animated tv series (2010-2014). Original title Shinryaku! Ika Musume. Based on the Manga by Masahiro Anbe. Diomedéa. Written by Michiko Yokote. Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and Yasutaka Yamamoto. Voice cast includes Ayumi Fujimura, Hisako Kanemoto, Hitomi Nabatame, Miki Ōtani and Rie Tanaka. 24 24-minute episodes and five OVAs. Colour. / The routine of a beachfront cafe, the Lemon Beach House, is interrupted by the announcement that it is now the "base of operations ...

East, Rebecca

Pseudonym of US author Rebecca Warner (1951-    ), a psychology professor at the University of New Hampshire. Her first novel A.D. 62: Pompeii (2003), is a Time Travel tale whose protagonist – a twenty-first-century expert in the period – is sent on an exploratory mission to the first century Roman empire, but is stranded there, and to survive becomes a kind of Scheherezade, telling stories out of her centuries of lore to her masters, for she has been enslaved. ...

Sladen, Douglas

(1856-1947) UK academic, poet, editor and author, in Australia 1879-1884, in UK subsequently. Much of his academic and creative life reflected his years in Australia; his anthologies of Australian poetry were influential, and his long advocacy of the poetry of Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870) generated studies, editions, and his only sustained sf novel, Fair Inez: A Romance of Australia (1918), set in the Utopian Australia of 2000-2007 CE, and featuring the adventures of a descendant of the ...

Wolff, Jake

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The History of Living Forever (2019), focuses on the dance of revelations that beset and illumine the forty-year-old protagonist Conrad's understanding of his romance as a teenager with his chemistry teacher Sam, who had been searching for a recipe, possibly alchemical, that might contain the secret of Immortality. Conrad's search for various meanings – the mystery of his lover's death, the nature of immortality ...

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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