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Australian neo-prog band. Both their debut release Cornucopia (1998) and their follow-up double-album Formula Orange (2001) are couched in an atmospheric, pared-down musical style, mostly instrumental, a little reminiscent of Radiohead. Tracks on the latter include "Robots on the Beach" and a ten-minute version of Edgar Allan Poe called "Pit and the Pendulum". It works well, although this same style ...

Bolmer, W B

(1845-1897) US minister and author of The Time Is Coming (1896), a Near Future tale in which a Jewish state is founded in Palestine; Theodor Herzl's The Jewish State (1896) had just been published. The Turkish empire, to which Palestine had belonged, is seen off by America with the aid of advanced Weapons. In what a century later might have been understood as a deliberately ...

Powers of Matthew Star, The

US tv series (1982-1983). Paramount Network Television for NBC-TV. Created by Steven de Souza. Executive Producers included Harve Bennett, Bruce Lansbury. Directors included Barry Crane, Leslie H Martinson, Ron Saltof, Leonard Nimoy. Writers included de Souza, Gil Grant, Richard Christian Matheson, Walter Koenig, Bruce Shelly. Cast includes Peter Barton, John Crawford, Chip ...

Johnson, Charles

Almost certainly the joint pseudonym of Gena Metcalf (?   -    ) and Tom Metcalf (?   -    ), most of whose work has been nonfiction for Young Adult readers. Of sf interest is Pieces of Eight (1989), whose young protagonists travel by Timeslip to the world of the pirate Blackbeard, where they have adventures; this title was announced as beginning the ...

Tabler, Joseph

(1949-    ) US abody surfer, bookseller and author, based for all his activities in California; he ran the well-known Joseph Tabler Books in San Diego 1989-1999. Of his thrillers, three have some sf interest: Capitol Hill Clones (1981), a political Satire involving a scatty use of Clones; The Microwave Caper (1981), in which a mysterious ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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