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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Nizet, Marie

(1859-1922) Belgian author whose only novel, Le Capitaine Vampire (1879; trans Brian Stableford as Captain Vampire 2007), is a Vampire story set in Rumania and in some aspects prefiguring Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897). The tale cycles through its crepuscular world in a manner reminiscent of Jan Potocki's ...

Royo, Luis

(1954-    ) Spanish artist. In recent years he sometimes collaborates with his son Rómulo Royo (1976-    ), who is also an artist. After formal training at Spain's La Escuela de Artes Aplicados, he first launched a career as a painter, and his works were featured in several exhibitions. He then shifted his attention to Comics, publishing strips in several fanzines and professional magazines, including ...


Russian documentary film (1965; vt The Moon). Leningrad Popular Science Film Studio. Directed by Pavel Klushantsev. Written by an unidentified author. Cast comprises unidentified actors. 51 minutes. Colour. / This documentary begins with numerous scenes of the lunar surface, accompanied by narration suggesting some discussion of the volcanic origins of lunar features; there follow several lectures, apparently also focused on the nature of the Moon, ...

Bill Haley and His Comets

US rock-n-roll band, founded and fronted by Bill Haley (1925-1981); also listed on releases as Bill Haley and The Comets and Bill Haley's Comets. Historians of popular music often credit Haley's earlier group The Saddlemen with recording the first true rock 'n' roll song: "Rocket '88" (1951; the title refers to the Oldsmobile car, not a spaceship); although it was the global success of the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" (1954) that launched rock as a ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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