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Ai City

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1986; vt Love City). Based on the Manga by Shuho Itahashi, aka SYUFO. Ashi Productions. Directed by Kōichi Mashimo. Written by Hideki Sonoda. Voice cast includes Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Mami Koyama, Ichirō Nagai, Nachi Nozawa, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Yuki Ueda and Takeshi Watabe. 86 minutes. Colour. / The film opens in medias res with a car chase across a City: in the car are two men, K (Suzuoki) and a private investigator, Reiden (Nozawa); a girl, Ai ...

Riker, L S

(?   -    ) US author of the Swag sequence, comprising Swag Town (1992) and Full Clip (1992), set in a Near Future New York marked by Decadence and excess; the protagonist, a freelance hood, gets in deeper and deeper trouble. [JC]

KULT: The Temple of Flying Saucers

Videogame (1989; vt Chamber of the Sci-Mutant Priestess in the US). ERE Informatique. Designed by "Arbeit von Spacekraft" (Johan Robson). Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, DOS. / In the future of The Temple of Flying Saucers, humanity has split into three distinct subspecies after a (presumably nuclear) apocalypse: the Psionically gifted Tuners, the physically mutated Protozorqs and the unaltered Normals. The player character, a Tuner, must rescue his girlfriend from the loathsome Protozorqs who ...

Dolan, Mike

(?   -    ) US author of an unremarkable collection of sf stories, Santana Morning and Other Stories (coll 1970; exp vt Another Santana Morning 2008), none of them previously published. Most are set in Near Future desert terrains. [JC]

Pollack, Frederick

(1945-    ) US university teacher and poet, best known in the latter capacity for his two book-length narrative poems (see Poetry): The Adventure (1986) is an Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; Happiness (1998) is set in an Alternate World, created (perhaps advertently) by Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), where the lines of power have been reversed, and a leftwing Utopia has been created. It does not last. [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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