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Parliament

UK funk band, created by George Clinton. A dispute over the name prompted Clinton to form another group, Funkadelic, with largely the same membership; but after the dispute was resolved Clinton kept both projects going, with Funkadelic more funk-rock and Parliament more funk-soul in musical style. The band's fourth album, Mothership Connection (1975) introduces the "Mothership of Funk", a very influential sf-inflected new direction in funk music. Clinton, in interview, talked of his desire to ...

Olsen, Bob

Working name of US teacher, advertising copywriter, real estate agent and author Alfred Johannes Olsen Jr (1884-1956), who began publishing sf with "The Four-Dimensional Roller-Press" for Amazing in June 1927; this was the first of several tales in the Four-Dimensional sequence. Other tales featured Professor Archimedes Banning, whose exploits were patterned on the model of the Edisonade. One magazine story, Rhythm Rides the Rocket (October 1940 Science Fiction; 1942 chap), featuring an ...

Czerneda, Julie E

(1955-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "First Contact" in First Contact (anth 1997) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Larry Segriff, First Contact being a theme of clear interest to her as it clearly shapes much of her work, either explicitly as in In the Company of Others (2001) or as an underlying template in the Web Shifters sequence (her second) which begins with Beholder's Eye (1998). / Throughout, the underlying Xenobiology ...

Ash Ra Tempel

German space rock band formed by Manuel Göttsching (1952-    ) and Klaus Schulze (1947-    ), although Schulze's presence in the group has been intermittent. The group's eponymous first release Ash Ra Tempel (1971) is a classic of "krautrock": lengthy and mostly improvisatory rock with loosely astral themes and titles – the band's name positions their work in hierophantic relation to the Egyptian Sun god ("tempel" is German for "temple"). The ...

Wonder Woman Film/TV

Only thirty years after its introduction in 1942 did the first media adaptations of Wonder Woman appear with three successive, variously named US tv series (1974-1979) and their pilot films, all technically based on the Comic book created by William Moulton Marston (1893-1947) for DC Comics. The complex Television production history falls into three parts, being sections 1 to 3 below. / 1. Wonder Woman. US tv film (1974). ABC/Warner. Produced by John G Stephens. Executive producer, story ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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