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Michihara Katsumi

(1958-    ) Japanese artist of Manga and book covers, best known for her Illustration work on Rieko Yoshihara's erotically-charged novel Ai no Kusabi (October 1987-October 1990 Shōsetsu June; 1990; trans as The Space Between 2007), likely to have been the main impetus behind her Seiun Award for Art in 1990. She has also illustrated several iterations of the long-running Ginga Eiyū Densetsu ["Legend of Galactic Heroes"] (see Yoshiki Tanaka), including the manga Tie ...

Treasure Planet

1. Bulgarian animated film (1982; original title Planetata na sakrovishtata). Sofia Animation Studio. Directed by Rumen Petkov. Original voice cast unknown. Written by Boris Angelov and Yosif Peretz. 62 minutes. Colour. / This was the first full-length Bulgarian animated film, released twenty years before Disney's Treasure Planet (2002) – see 2 below – which was also a sf version of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island (1883). / In 2581 Earth is barren of life, ...

Pratchett, Terry

(1948-2015) UK author who began publishing with "The Hades Business" in Science Fantasy in 1963, collected with other (mostly early) stories as A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction (coll 2012); other early work, which first appeared in the Bucks Free Press 1965-1973, was collected as Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (coll 2014). For many years he was in full-time employment, as a journalist until 1980 – contributing many short stories to the Bucks Free Press ...

Secret of the Loch, The

Film (1934). Wyndham Productions/Ealing Studios. Produced by Bray Wyndham. Directed by Milton Rosmer. Written by Billie Bristow and Charles Bennett. Cast includes Gibson Gowland, Seymour Hicks, Nancy O'Neil and Frederick Peisley. 78 minutes. Black and white. / Eccentric Professor Heggie (Hicks) is determined to prove the existence of the fabled Loch Ness Monster, and with his helper Angus (Gowland) is working on a submersible to explore the loch. Reporter Jimmy Andrews (Peisley) arrives in ...

Puerto Rico

As is well known, owing to the particular political situation of the island as a de facto colony of the United States, all Puerto Ricans hold US citizenship and, therefore, may live either on the island or on the mainland; some publish in Spanish and others in English. The latter is the case for Miami-born James Stevens-Arce, perhaps the first Puerto Rican to publish sf, and the most prolific. Stevens-Arce has dedicated his life to textual creation, by writing screenplays, commercials, short ...

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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