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Corea, Chick

(1941-2021) US jazz composer and performer of largely instrumental music. Corea's career began in the 1960s with a number of fluent Latin-jazz releases. In the 1970s the influence of L Ron Hubbard (Corea converted to Scientology sometime around the start of this decade) began to make itself apparent in his music. The band Return to Forever, a side-project of Corea's, released half a dozen Scientologically-influenced albums, amongst them Return to Forever (1972) and Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy ...

Zerwick, Chloe

(1923-2018) US editor, artist and author who collaborated with Harrison Brown on The Cassiopeia Affair (1968), in which a message from an Alien civilization – possibly faked – has a potentially transformative effect upon a world at the brink of World War Three. As an artist she worked mostly in glass, her second book, which is nonfiction, being A Short History of Glass (1980). [JC] see also: SETI. /

Strange Stories

US Pulp magazine, thirteen bimonthly issues February 1939 to February 1941, published by Better Publications Inc; edited by Mort Weisinger, though uncredited. A companion magazine to Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories, Strange Stories was devoted to supernatural and weird fiction, in not very successful competition with Weird Tales. Most of its covers were by Earle K Bergey or Rudolph Belarski. Its contributors included August Derleth, Henry Kuttner and Manly Wade Wellman, under ...


In the same way that theories of Evolution provide an imaginative context for sf stories about the Origin of Man and Life on Other Worlds, so they govern attitudes to superhumans. There is a significant difference, though, between Darwin-inspired images of a "fitter" species and images inspired by Lamarckian and Bergsonian ideas of "creative evolution", in which the emergence of a superman might be the result of humankind's fervent desire to become something finer. Also of some relevance ...

Chesney, George T

(1830-1895) UK soldier, founder in 1871 of the Royal Indian Civil Engineering College at Staines, a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1892 for Oxford, and author of some fiction, including the famous The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer (May 1871 Blackwood's Magazine; 1871 chap; vt The Fall of England? The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer 1871 chap) [see Checklist for further details on vts] published anonymously, though the author was soon identified as ...

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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