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Ellis, Albert C

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing sf with the brief vignette "Fire in the Sky" for Vertex in December 1974, and who subsequently wrote two modest but readable sf adventures, Death Jag (dated 1979 but 1980) with Jeff Slaten, and Worldmaker (1985), whose protagonist's special brain allows him to change reality at will (see Godgame; Perception; Superman). [JC]

X-Ray Spex

UK punk act, founded 1976 and led by vocalist and songwriter Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) (1957-2011); the other members were guitarist Jak Airport (Jack Stafford) (circa 1955-2004), bassist Paul Dean, drummer Paul "B. P." Hurding and saxophonist Lora Logic (Susan Whitby) (1960-    ), the last leaving after the first single, to be replaced by Steve "Rudi" Thompson. / That first single was "Oh Bondage! Up Yours!" (1977), opening demurely with "some people ...

Horn, Peter

A House Name claimed to have been used in Ziff-Davis magazines by Henry Kuttner once, for "50 Miles Down" (Fantastic Adventures 1940), and by David Vern (see David V Reed) twice, also in 1940. Peter Horn may, however, be a straightforward pseudonym of Vern's. [JC/PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

27th Day, The

Film (1957). Romson Productions/Columbia. Directed by William Asher. Written by John Mantley, based on his The Twenty-Seventh Day (1956). Cast includes Gene Barry, Valerie French, Azenath Janti, Arnold Moss, Stefan Schnabel and George Voskovec. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Some moments of good sense and sensible conversation can be extracted from the contorted implausibility and terrifying moral implications of this film, which was made just before Cold War paranoia in America began to ...

Falls, The

Film (1980). British Film Institute. Directed by Peter Greenaway. Written by Greenaway. 187 minutes. Colour. / Perhaps the most elliptical Disaster in sf Cinema, the Violent Unknown Event (VUE) has killed an unspecified number of people and afflicted 19 million others with bizarre symptoms including physical mutation (see Mutants), recurring dreams of water, sexual quadromorphism, the spontaneous acquisition of new languages, an obsession with birds, and Immortality. Years later, The Falls ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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