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Tenkū no shiro Laputa

Japanese animated film (1986; vt Laputa: Castle in the Sky; Castle in the Sky; Laputa: The Flying Island). Studio Ghibli. Directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Voice cast includes Kotoe Hatsui, Mayumi Tanaka, Minori Terada and Keiko Yokozawa. 126 minutes. Colour. / This film is inspired by the flying Island of Laputa in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735). In some countries "Laputa" is absent from the film's title, due to its Spanish meaning (of which Swift was well ...

Werner, C L

(?   -    ) UK author who has published some horror fiction but has concentrated almost exclusively on Ties to the Warhammer Wargame universe (one title as by Bruno Lee) and to the related Warhammer 40,000 sequence, his contributions to the latter world being restricted to Warhammer 40,000: Siege of Castallax (2012) and Warhammer 40,000: Cult of the Warmason (2017). His professional gifts are here appropriately applied to the Medieval Futurism that governs ...

Tralins, S Robert

(1926-2010) US author, prolific in several genres under more than one name and author of various borderline-sf tales, often involving Sex. They include: Dragon's Teeth (1973) as Keith Miles; the Valentine Flynn series beginning with What a Way to Go! (1966) and ending with Invasion of the Nymphomaniacs (1967), all as Sean O'Shea; Future Sex (1979) and Pleasure Planet (1979) as Starr Trainor (a tentative identification); and, as Tralins, the Miss from S.I.S. sequence – The Miss from S.I.S. ...

Leslie, Peter

(1922-2000) UK author, journalist and actor, most of whose books were borderline-sf Ties contributed to Television spin-off series, beginning with two titles tied to The Avengers (1961-1969): Deadline (1965) and Dead Duck (1966), both as by Patrick Macnee but probably entirely ghostwritten by Leslie. His tales for the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968) series began with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #5: The Finger in the Sky Affair (1966) and ended with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #17: The Unfair Fare ...

Shaw, W J

(?   -?   ) US author of a Hollow Earth tale, Under the Auroras: A Marvellous Tale of the Interior World by an American Author, Playwright, and Journalist (1888; vt Cresten, Queen of the Toitus; Or, Under the Auroras 1892 as W J Shaw). Within the double narrative frame – the real protagonist, Amos Jackson, tells an unnamed interlocutor the story of his adventures – a Symmesian inner world (see John Cleves Symmes) is described, accessed through the North ...

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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