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Wayne, Jeff

(1943-    ) US composer and musician, best known for his lengthy concept-album adaptation of H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898), released as Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (1978). This work, narrated rather grumpily by Richard Burton, retells the whole of Wells's story through songs sung by David Essex, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), Phil Lynott and others. The music is lively and varied and the album has ...

Ray, Satyajit

(1921-1992) Indian film-maker and author, best known in the former capacity; beginning with Pather Panchali (1955), he made about thirty feature films, and is generally recognized as the finest Indian director to date. His fiction, much less well known outside India, was generally restricted to series of tales, including the Feluda sequence [not listed below] of detective stories featuring a Sherlock Holmes figure, accompanied by a Watson figure, which began around 1965, and was added to until ...

Zahler, S Craig

(1973-    ) US screenwriter, singer-songwriter and author whose first novels were westerns, beginning with A Congregation of Jackals (2010); his third, the Near Future Corpus Chrome, Inc (2014), is set in and around the world's plunge through the Singularity interface; in the churn of this world, the private corporation of the title owns copyright on a Robot body designed to house the resurrected brains of cryogenically frozen dead notables (see Cryonics), and attempts to ...

Rubens, Michael

(?   -    ) US author of The Sheriff of Yrnameer (2009), a spoofish Satire of late modern capitalism in a Planetary Romance venue, the eponymous planet, pronounced Your Name Here, being the only unbranded world in human space: for the self-commodification of Homo sapiens has reached something like saturation point. Yrnameer is a pastoral Utopia, and is under threat. The humour is barbed. [JC]

Burg, Swan

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous. The three protagonists of his sf novel, The Light of Eden; Or, a Historical Narrative of the Barbarian Age: A Scientific Discovery (1896), are shipwrecked on a mysterious Island near Borneo, where they find a Lost Race whose token leader, a white woman, is imprisoned there. Fortunately, an Airship conveys the four to an unimaginably wealthy Arctic Utopia; some of this wealth is used by one of the protagonists to ...

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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