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Bowie, David

(1947-2016) UK musician and actor, latterly resident in the US. Born David Robert Jones, Bowie was one of the most successful and famous pop stars of the 1970s, known as much for his often sf-themed role-playing as for his talents as a singer-songwriter. After some early unmemorable releases Bowie broke through with the single "Space Oddity" (recorded quickly and released in July 1969 to cash in on the Moon landing); it reached #5 in the UK charts, and after a successful re-release in the US in ...

Davis, Frederick C

(1902-1977) US author of pulp fiction, sometimes under pseudonyms, from 1922 or earlier. He published detective fiction in book form from the mid-1930s until the end of his active career in the late 1960s. His most interesting early work of sf interest – mainly through explanations of the one-way Moon-shaped glass helmet worn as a disguise by the crimebusting hero – was the Moon Man sequence, 39 novellas published from 1933 to 1937 in Ten Detective Aces. After the publication, ...

Rossi, Marcianus F

Italian born author (1870-1948), probably in US from 1889; he is probably the Marcian F Rossi whose dates are as below. The protagonists of his only sf work, A Trip to Mars (1920 chap), after discussions with Hugo Gernsback and Nikolai Tesla, travel by solar-powered Spaceship to an advanced Mars, in effect a Lost World ruled by ancient Romans; on their return, they utilize an advanced Ray to melt down Turkish and German armaments. [JC]

Garland, Alex

(1970-    ) UK screenwriter, Videogame writer, director and author, son of the political cartoonist Nicholas Garland (1935-    ). His first works of interest were fiction, beginning with The Beach (1996), a tale inconclusively understandable as an exercise in implied Fantastika: its protagonists, having been given a map to an unknown Pacific Island, find there a secretive Utopian community, an aliquot sample of Homo sapiens which soon implodes in a ...

Weil, Ellen R

(1944-2000) US author, also known as Dede Weil, married to Gary K Wolfe from 1997 until her death; Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever (2002) with Gary K Wolfe, an informed study of the work of Harlan Ellison, acutely focuses on a small number of indisputably significant stories. [JC]

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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