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Premier British space rock band, founded in 1968 as "Hawkwind Zoo" by amongst others David Brock (1941-    ) and Nik Turner (1940-    ), and destined to go through very many changes in personnel over the years. The band's first release, Hawkwind (1970) is an agreeably atmospheric, mostly instrumental album that is science-fictional in its mood rather than its specifics. In Search of Space (1971) is better: still musically loose ...

Scientific Romance

A generic term applied to UK sf for the years before the end of World War Two, at which time the "science fiction" label became sufficiently commonplace to displace it, and American sf itself became the dominant model for UK sf writers to emulate; for several decades thereafter, the styles and concerns of US Genre SF dominated, though a number of more recent novels are tagged in this encyclopedia as being Scientific Romances. Early appearances of the term in a sense ...

Jones, J A

(?   -    ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond one routine novel of Paranoia, Blue Lab (1978), in which Aliens secretly impregnate human females, thus attempting to take over the world. [JC]

Tearne, Roma

(1954-    ) Sri Lankan-born painter and author, in UK from 1964; most of her fiction is nonfantastic, her first two novels, Mosquito (2007) and Bone China (2008) in particular focusing on the land of her birth. The sense of loss and irretrievable distance that mark these tales also governs, from a different line of sight, her sf novel The White City (2017), set in a Near Future ...

Operator #5

US Pulp magazine, 48 issues, April 1934 to November/December 1939, published by Popular Publications; edited by Rogers Terrill, originally monthly and then alternated between bimonthly and monthly. This was one of the livelier and more successful hero/villain pulps, thematically more ambitious than most, as it changed after the first twenty issues into a set of Future War narratives garishly prefiguring ...

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 ...

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