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Daft Punk

French electronic music duo, formed of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (1974-    ) and Thomas Bangalter (1975-    ), who conceal their identities by dressing as Robots for public appearances. Robotic and Machine imagery dominates their output and is reflected in song titles such as "Aerodynamic", "Digital Love", "Short Circuit", "Robot Rock" and "Technologic". Heavily processed, robotic vocals are also ...


The idea of somehow counteracting Gravity is one of the great sf dreams: it is gravity that kept us earthbound for so long, and even now the energy expenditure required to escape the gravity well of Earth or any other massive celestial body is the main factor that makes Space Flight so difficult and expensive. The theme of antigravity appeared early in sf. In the Proto SF era, Francis Godwin's ...

Aldridge, Ray

Working name of US author Raymon Huebert Aldridge (1948-    ), who began publishing work of sf interest with "The Flesh Tinker and the Loneliest Man" for Amazing in July 1987. His most typical work – in a style evocative of Cordwainer Smith and Jack Vance – may be contained in the PanGalactic Universe sequence, beginning with "The Touch of the Hook" (April 1988 ...


Animated film (1988). Akira Committee. Directed by Katsuhiro Ōtomo, from a screenplay by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on the graphic epic Akira (December 1982-June 1990 Young Magazine) by Otomo. Animation studio: Asahi. Chief animator: Takashi Nakamura. 124 minutes. Colour. / In its day Akira was the most successful attempt yet to transfer sophisticated, state-of-the-art Comic-book graphics to ...

Brookins, Dewey C

(1904-1982) American car salesman and journalist, once a US Navy Inspector. As an author, his one sf novel is Flying High (1965 chap). [JC/DRL]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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