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Tonari no Totoro

Animated film (1988 Japan; trans as My Neighbor Totoro 1988 US but not released until 1993). Studio Ghibli. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Written by Hayao Miyazaki. Cast includes Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto and Hitoshi Takagi. 86 minutes. Colour. / Professor Kusakabe (Takagi) takes his daughters Satsuki (Hidaka) and Mei (Sakamoto) to the Japanese countryside, in an attempt to distract them from their mother's hospitalization with a serious illness. Exploring the forests around the ...

Fuentes, Roberto

(1934-    ) US judo expert who collaborated with Piers Anthony (whom see for further details) on the Jason Striker series of martial arts tales; Dead Morn (1990), likewise with Anthony, is a singleton. Fuentes's bad health affected future plans between the two collaborators. [JC]

Schwartz, Julius

(1915-2004) US agent and editor, initially involved in sf Fandom (though he never lost interest in fan activities), and later in Comics. Schwartz met his lifelong friend and colleague Mort Weisinger at a meeting of the Scienceers sf group in 1931. Together in 1932 they published what may have been the first true Fanzine, The Time Traveller, and also the later fanzine Science Fiction Digest, which in 1934 became Fantasy Magazine, though Weisinger was not officially an editor on the latter. For ...

See, Carolyn

(1934-2016) US academic, critic and author, most of whose fiction was nonfantastic and most of which, including her two sf novels, is set in Los Angeles (see California). Golden Days (1986), which shifts into the Near Future only in its closing chapters, portrays the doomed private lives of a range of characters as crises, seemingly beyond their ken, escalate into World War Three. The last part of the novel carries a few surviving, rather self-righteous women from early sections into a ...

Swigart, Rob

Working name of US author and academic Eugene Robison Swigart (1941-    ), whose novels, from Little America (1977) on, have been Fabulations composed in a flamboyantly brisk gonzo style through which, like Kurt Vonnegut, comprise a series of deadpan riffs on the extremities of America. Though not making up a series, his first four novels – Little America (1977), A.K.A.: A Cosmic Fable (1978), The Time Trip (1979) and The Book of Revelations (1981) – convey a ...

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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