Clements, Jonathan

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(1971-    ) UK author and translator from Japanese of over seventy Anime and Manga. His translations include sf such as Sol Bianca (1990; trans 1996 UK), Grey: Digital Target (1986; trans 1995) (> Grey) and Toyamazakura Uchūchō Yatsu no Na wa Gold (1988; trans as Samurai Gold, 1995), and fantasy including Ironfist Chinmi (graph 1983 Tekken Chinmi; trans London: Bloomsbury, 1995 12vols) and Ushio and Tora (1992 Ushio to Tora; trans 1995-1996).

Clements served two years as the editor of Titan Publishing's Manga Max magazine, an experience which he later fictionalized as the Judge Dredd audio adventure Trapped on Titan (2002). His sf work is wholly in the field of Ties to the Doctor Who, Space: 1889, and Highlander (> Highlander II: The Quickening [1990]) universes [for details see Checklist]. His fiction is characterized by experiments in Linguistics, such as "The Nobility of Faith" (in Doctor Who: The Ghosts of Christmas, anth 2007), which retells Aladdin in the style of the Arabian Nights with the Doctor as the djinni; or his audio drama Survival of the Fittest (2010), which examines the translation of an insect language based on scent markers. His work is often derivative of early Larry Niven, including genetically evolved good fortune in "Lucky for Some" (August 2005 Judge Dredd Megazine) (> Psi Powers), and the problem of Teleportation between moving bodies, addressed in Fire From Heaven (2003).

Nonfiction includes two reference works on Japan containing much of sf interest, The Anime Encyclopedia (2001; exp 2006) with Helen McCarthy and The Dorama Encyclopedia (2003) with Motoko Tamamuro, and, most ambitiously, Anime: A History (2013), which examines Japanese animation (> Cinema) from about 1912. Clements is also the author of many books on Asian history, including The First Emperor of China (2005), which begins with a pastiche of Roger Zelazny, to whom it is dedicated. A Brief History of the Samurai (2010) controversially asserts that ninja are wholly fictional creations, invented by twentieth-century Pulp authors. He has written entries on sf in China and Japan for this encyclopedia. [JonC]

Jonathan Michael Clements

born Leigh on Sea, Essex: 9 July 1971

died

works

written fiction

  • Ruthless (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire: BL Publishing/Black Flame, 2005) [tie: Strontium Dog: pb/Dylan Teague]

radio plays / audio books

series

Strontium Dog

  • Down to Earth (London: Big Finish, 2002; web, BBCi, 2005) [cd: tie: Strontium Dog: na/Henry Flint]
  • Fire From Heaven (London: Big Finish, 2003; web, BBCi, 2005) [cd: tie: Strontium Dog: na/Henry Flint]

Judge Dredd

  • Trapped on Titan (London: Big Finish, 2002) [cd: tie: Judge Dredd: na/Henry Flint]
  • 99 Code Red (London: Big Finish, 2003) [cd: tie: Judge Dredd: na/Cliff Robinson]
  • Pre-Emptive Revenge (London: Big Finish, 2004) [cd: tie: Judge Dredd: na/Cliff Robinson]
  • Solo (London: Big Finish, 2005) [cd: tie: Judge Dredd: na/Cliff Robinson]
  • The Devil's Playground (London: Big Finish, 2010) [cd: tie: Judge Dredd: na/Cliff Robinson]

Doctor Who

  • Sympathy for the Devil (London: Big Finish, 2003) [cd: tie: Doctor Who: Unbound: na/photographic]
  • Snake Head (London: Big Finish, 2005) [cd: tie: Doctor Who: UNIT: na/nonpictorial]
  • Immortal Beloved (London: Big Finish, 2007; radio, BBC7, 2008) [cd: tie: Doctor Who: na/Alex Mallinson]
  • Brave New Town (London: Big Finish, 2008; radio, BBC7, 2009) [cd: tie: Doctor Who: na/Alex Mallinson]
  • The Destroyer of Delights (London: Big Finish, 2009) [cd: tie: Doctor Who: na/Alex Mallinson]
  • Survival of the Fittest (London: Big Finish, 2010) [cd: tie: Doctor Who: na/Alex Mallinson]
  • Year Zero (London: Big Finish, 2010) [cd: tie: Doctor Who: Bernice Summerfield: na/Adrian Salmon]

Space 1889

  • Red Devils (London: Noise Monster, 2005) [cd: tie: Space 1889: na/Alex Mallinson]

Robin Hood

  • The Tiger's Tail (London: Big Finish, 2009) [cd: tie: Robin Hood: na/photographic]
  • The Deer Hunters (London: Big Finish, 2009) [cd: tie: Robin Hood: na/photographic]

Highlander

nonfiction

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