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Legendary Stardust Cowboy, The

US singer-songwriter, born Norman Carl Odam (1947-    ). Known to fans as "the Ledge", the Legendary Stardust Cowboy divides listeners into those who find his idiosyncratic and sporadic recordings to be nothing more than novelty records, and those who think very highly of his left-field, peculiar and space-travel-obsessed imagination. In the latter category is David Bowie, who has covered Legendary Stardust Cowboy songs on his own recordings. Tracks such as "I Took a Trip ...

Percy, Benjamin

(1979-    ) US teacher and author whose first works, focusing intensely on the hard wildness of inland, desert Oregon, had no direct fantastic content, though in some, like "The Woods" (February 2005 Amazing), his first tale of genre interest, that intensity of vision shifted comfortably into the supernatural. His first novel, The Wilding (2011), again with considerable force, conflates the latent violence inherent to an endangered portion of Oregon with clearly less ...

Melchiorri, Anthony J

(?   -    ) US biomedical engineer and author, often in collaboration with Nicholas Sanbury Smith, whose entry see for the joint Extinction Cycle: Dark Age sequence beginning with Extinction Shadow (2019). His other work is all solo. His first novel, which is like most of his work focused on heavily foregrounded action responses to planetary crises, is The God Organ (2014). His first series, Black Market DNA sequence beginning with Enhancement (2014), focuses ...

Arnott, Robbie

(1989-    ) Australian author whose first novel Flames (2018 ebook) is shaped as a Fantastic Voyage around the Island of Tasmania, without specific sf elements but dense with mythopoesis (see Fantastika). His second novel, The Rain Heron (2020), feeds some more orthodox sf elements into the mix; the tale, set in a Near Future Dystopian world ravaged by Climate Change, focuses on a woman in a solitary hardscrabble struggle to exist in what may be a relatively intact inland ...

Stadt ohne Juden, Die

["The City Without Jews"] Austrian film (1924). H K Breslauer-Film. Directed by H K Breslauer. Written by Hugo Bettauer from the novel Die Stadt ohne Juden (1922), and by Breslauer. Cast includes Hans Moser, Anny Miletty, Eugen Neufeld, Johannes Riemann, Karl Terna. 80 minutes. Black and white. / Hugo Bettauer's original novel, a comic Satire set in Near Future Vienna, suffers considerable mutilation in the film version, where the satire is softened, Vienna is renamed Utopia (see Dystopia), ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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