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Briggs, Raymond

(1934-    ) UK illustrator and author, active in both capacities from about 1958, and best known for several tales told in Comic-book format, including Fungus the Bogeyman (graph 1977) and the related pop-up book Fungus the Bogeyman Plop-Up Book (graph 1982). Both are arguably Equipoisal with sf, in which the meticulously worked-out topsy-turvy world of the melancholy Underground Bogeys, opposite to humans in every way (and often gleefully repulsive), serves to illuminate ...

Dimension X

Radio series (1950-1951). NBC-Radio network. Regular staff writers included Ernest Kinroy (1924-2014), George Lefferts, and Howard Rodman. Narrator: Norman Rose. 50 30-minute episodes. / This was one of the earliest adult sf Radio drama anthology series, and was of reasonably high quality; most instalments were based on published sf stories, although Kinroy and Lefferts contributed several original plays. Dimension X was partnered with Astounding and for the most part adapted stories from ...

Nektar

UK progressive rock band, founded in Hamburg in 1969 and based thereafter in Germany. Their first album, Journey to the Centre of the Eye (1971) spins an only obliquely Verne-like premise in which an astronaut travels to another dimension from which he is able to witness the nuclear destruction of Earth. A Tab in the Ocean (1972) is an incoherently druggy suite of songs, this time premised on the idea of dropping an enormous "tab" of LSD into the ocean and intoxicating the whole of nature (see ...

Magill, Frank N

(1907-1997) US author and editor of reference works published by Salem Press, which Magill himself founded in 1949 and ran until his retirement in 1996. Of particular interest is his nominal editorship of the huge but uneven Survey of Science Fiction Literature [for subtitle see Checklist] (anth 1979 5vols) and Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (anth 1983 5vols), for the most part edited anonymously by Keith Neilson (whom see for discussion of these works). A successor to the former work is ...

Morressy, John

(1930-2006) US academic connected with Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire from 1968, latterly as Writer Emeritus; and author who, After two nonfantastic novels, began his sf career in December 1971 with "Accuracy" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, where most of his short fiction appeared. Morressy's early books were generally Space Opera, through which medium he constructed a series of interesting Alien societies, and most of them shared a common galactic background: a ...

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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