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Hughes, Rian

(?   -    ) UK Comics and Graphic Novel illustrator, graphic designer, typographer and author, active from the early 1980s, his first graphic novel being The Science Service (graph 1987) with John Freeman; some of his early work was for sf comics like 2000 AD and Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future. / Hughes is perhaps of strongest sf interest for his much later novels. XX: A Novel, Graphic (2020) takes its inception from a possible First Contact ...

Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux, La

French neo-prog band, whose post-punk, whimsically aggressive and pretentious music has much of the flavour of New Wave sf. Their first album was the anagrammatically eponymous, La STOP (1990; the group's name translates as "the shy society at the bird parade"), a work which tries perhaps too earnestly to derange conventional musical styles. But Expériences De Survie (2000; the title means "Survival Experiments") very effectively literalizes its out-of-the-world aesthetic (one track is ...

Conrad, Paul

Preferred pseudonym of UK author and journalist Albert King (1924-1994), an extremely prolific writer in various genres under a series of names: for his Robert Hale Limited sf he used Paul Conrad, his own name, Mark Bannon, Floyd Gibson, Scott Howell, Christopher King and Paul Muller. Born in Northern Ireland, he left school at the age of 14. He was the author of about 120 Westerns, 44 thrillers and 29 romances in addition to his production of 16 sf titles (over two years), of which the most ...

Fukuda Tsuneari

(1912-1994) Japanese critic and playwright, largely known in his home country as the translator of G K Chesterton, Ernest Hemingway and William Shakespeare. Along with Tetsuo Arakawa, he was the producer/director of the stage play Star (1975), written by Yasutaka Tsutsui and deemed of sufficient genre content to win the following year's Seiun Award for best Media. [JonC]

Savarin, Julian Jay

(1950-    ) Dominican-born musician and author, in the UK since his teens. His Lemmus trilogy – Lemmus One: Waiters on the Dance (1972), Lemmus Two: Beyond the Outer Mirr (1976) and Lemmus Three: Archives of Haven (coll of linked stories 1977) – is an expansive Space Opera in which GOD (the Galactic Organization and Dominions), run by a Forerunner civilization, experimentally settles Terra with people who will evolve in isolation (see Adam and Eve; Shaggy God ...

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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