Futurian, The

Tagged: Publication | Fan

UK Fanzine (1938-1940), edited from Leeds by J Michael Rosenblum. A continuation of the Leeds Science Fiction League's Bulletin (1937), The Futurian was a small printed publication featuring fiction, poems and articles by leading sf fans of the day, including Arthur C Clarke, Ralph Milne Farley, John Russell Fearn, David H Keller, Frederik Pohl and William F Temple. Other important pre-World War Two UK fanzines were John Christopher's The Fantast, Jonathan Burke's and Charles Eric Maine's Satellite, Douglas W F Mayer's Tomorrow (official quarterly journal of the Science Fiction Association, incorporating Walter Gillings's Scientifiction) and Maurice K Hanson's Novae Terrae (later New Worlds)...

Europe

Tagged: Music

Swedish rock band, formed in Stockholm in 1979, whose surprisingly enjoyable and sometimes inadvertently comical stadium rock, whilst mostly articulating predictable heavy-metal sentiments, occasionally addresses sf topics. Their first release Europe (1983), for instance, included the egregiously-titled "In the Future to Come" which warns rather incoherently of impending doom ("But one day or another / This world would maybe / Be destroyed forever / As holocaust maybe be spread"). The title track of Wings of Tomorrow (1984) deprecates the present from the point of view of a flying futurity. By far the band's biggest hit was "The Final Countdown" (on The Final Countdown, 1986), on which a scr...

Björk

Tagged: Music | People

Björk Guðmundsdóttir (1965-    ) Icelandic singer and composer, widely celebrated for her idiosyncratic vocal style and a left-field eccentricity of musical focus that often shades into sf. "Human Behaviour", her first hit (from Debut, 1993) takes the position of a Machine ingenuously baffled by Homo sapiens. Post (1995) evidences a fascination with postmodernism and simulacra via sf tropes familiar from Cyberpunk ("Army of Me", "Hyper-Ballad", "The Modern Things"). Subsequent Björk albums have moved in a less machinic, more autobiographical and indeed pastoral direction. Drawing Restraint 9 (2005), a Japanese-themed concept album in which two characters on a whaling ship metamorphose into w...

Superheroes

Tagged: Theme

Superhero fiction is a genre based on many early models, but which crystallized in Comics; since then it has infiltrated the Cinema, Radio, Television and books. Stories involving figures with super (or at the least extraordinary) powers, and whose actions tend to keep the world safe, almost certainly existed, in some form, before Alexandre Dumas (who see for bibliography and detailed argument) created the Count of Monte-Cristo in 1844, though his story was exceedingly influential for the rest of the nineteenth century; and sf stories of supermen go back to the beginning of the twentieth century. As Claude Lalumière argues in his introduction to Super Stories of Heroes & Villains (anth 2013)...

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