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Vasari, Ruggero

(1898-1968) Italian painter, editor and author associated with Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in the evolution of Futurism before around 1930, but strongly opposed to Marinetti's "robust" exaltation of the Machine as the shaping engine of a clean future. Vasari dramatized his opposition in L'angoscia delle macchine ["The Anguish of the Machines"] (written 1923; 1925 chap), a play set in a surreal Near Future Dystopia, under the control of a master Computer, where a Marinetti-like masculinist worship ...

Marshall, Bruce

(1899-1987) Scottish author who served in both world wars, and whose first work of interest was As a Thief in the Night and Other Stories (coll 1919), almost certainly self-published; the title story is a Future War tale involving the Christian countries of the west against a barbarian China (see Yellow Peril). Father Malachy's Miracle: A Heavenly Story with an Earthly Meaning (1931) is a Fantasy in which the eponymous priest causes the magical transfer of a dance hall or night club called "The ...

Burgess, Anthony

Working name of UK author and composer John Anthony Burgess Wilson (1917-1993), known primarily for his work outside the sf field; as a composer he worked under his full name. Trained in English literature and phonetics, Burgess taught at home and in Malaysia 1946-1960, then returned to the UK (though later moved to Monaco) and became a full-time Protean man of letters, novelist, musician, composer and specialist in Shakespeare and James Joyce. Devil of a State (1961), set in an imaginary ...

Cave

Chicago-based instrumental group. Their compositions are structured around carefully locked-together repetitive riffs and generate considerable quasi-hypnotic intensity. Psychic Psummer (2009) opens with the deep space tour "Gamm" (the name comes from an obscure Swedish record label); and the album also includes "Encino Man", a version of the 1992 movie Encino Man about a frozen caveman who is brought back to life in modern-day California. The group's third album, Neverendless (2011) includes, ...

Arrivo di Wang, L'

["The Arrival of Wang"] Italian film (2011). Manetti Bros, Iris Film. Directed by Antonio Manetti and Marco Manetti. Written by Antonio Manetti and Marco Manettii. Cast includes Francesca Cuttica, Ennio Fantastichini, Juliet Esey Joseph and Li Yong. 83 minutes. Colour. / Film translator Gaia (Cuttica) is drafted to interpret at the interrogation of "Mr Wang" (Li Yong), an illegal immigrant soon revealed as an Alien, who has learned Chinese, believing it to be the most widely-spoken language ...

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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