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Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA), based on the 1994-2006 Manga by Hitoshi Ashinano, which won the 2007 Seiun Award for best Comic of the year. Ajia-do Animation Works. Voice cast includes Akiko Nakagawa, Hekiru Shiina, Ikuko Sugita and Mikio Terashima. / 1. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (1998; vt Yokohama Shopping Trip). Directed by Takashi Annō. Written by Hitoshi Ashinano. Two 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Alpha (Shiina) is left in charge of a rural cafe after its owner ...

Vira, Soma

(1932-2003) Indian-born poet and author, based in USA where she died. She is of sf interest for her Planet Keepers sequence beginning with Checkmating Aliens (1996); the publication sequence, with later volumes in terms of internal chronology published earlier, seems not to correlate with the order in which the series was written. In a highly baroque Space Opera idiom, the sequence describes complicated conflicts and joinings between humans and Aliens, mostly conducted on an Earth ravaged by ...

Hirschman, Edward

(1950-    ) Author, presumably US and perhaps pseudonymous, whose Tarzan at Mars' Core (1977) is a weak pastiche of Edgar Rice Burroughs in which a UFO transports Tarzan to what appears to be a Far Future version of Burroughs's Pellucidar set within Mars. This Hollow Earth venue is now dying and desertified owing to exploitation by its intelligent inhabitants and the fact that the internal sun is itself fading (see Dying Earth). Tarzan remains trapped within Mars at the ...

Kraftwerk

Enormously influential group of German electronic musicians, formed by Ralf Hütter (1946-    ) and Florian Schneider-Esleben (1947-2020) in 1970. The group achieved international fame as a quartet, with drummer Wolfgang Flür (1947-    ) and Karl Bartos (1952-    ), following the release of their fourth album Autobahn (1974). The 20-minute title track reproduces a car journey on its titular motorway, from the initial ignition ...

At the Earth's Core

Film (1976). Amicus/AIP. Directed by Kevin Connor. Written by Milton Subotsky, based on At the Earth's Core (4-25 April 1914 All-Story Weekly; 1922) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cast includes Peter Cushing, Doug McClure and Caroline Munro. 89 minutes. Colour. / The success of Amicus's The Land that Time Forgot (also based on a Burroughs novel) inspired the making of this lightweight film, in which genially routine adventures take place inside a vast cavern visited by a hero and a scientist in 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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